The five International Election Observation Missions have acknowledged Ghana’s resilience to handle the challenges in elections in a peaceful manner.
In a joint statement they said, “We hope that this tradition will continue furthering the consolidation of Ghana’s democratic credentials, should any of the stakeholders feel dissatisfied with the election process, we urge that they channel their concerns through the established legal and institutional mechanisms. Also we reiterate our commitment to supporting the democratic process in the Republic of Ghana.” The International Observers also reminded the Presidential Candidates of the signing of the Accra Declaration on December 1, 2016, facilitated by the National Peace Council.
The statement was endorsed by: Hifikepunye Pohamba, a former President of the Republic of Namibia, Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission; and Professor Amos Sawyer, a former President of the Interim Government of the Republic of Liberia, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission.
The Others were: Thabo Mbeki, a former President of South Africa, Head of the Commonwealth Observer Group; Mr Tamas Meszerics, Member of the European Parliament, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission and Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, US State Department, Head of National Democratic Institute Election Observation Mission.
The mission has congratulated the presidential candidates in the upcoming elections for demonstrating their commitment to democratic, credible and peaceful elections. The statement said “We wish to appeal to all Ghanaians to adhere to the pledge made by the political leaders as enshrined in the Declaration before, during and after the polls, we urge stakeholders to conduct themselves in such a manner that reflects the aspirations of the Declaration, which is a commitment to peaceful elections and judicial resolution of election disputes.”