The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the international community that the world will have cause to be proud of Ghana after the conduct of this year’s general election on December 7.
“We are keenly aware of the reputation Ghana has built as a tolerant and working democracy and we have every intention to nurture and improve upon it,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made the call when he addressed the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) via zoom from his office at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.
For the first time in the 75-year history of the UN, world leaders could not make the journey to New York for the world’s biggest gathering of Heads of State because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The high-level session was, instead, held virtually.
It was on the theme: “The future we want, the United Nations we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism — Confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action”.
The President said he could state with great pride that in spite of the difficulties involved in conducting elections during a pandemic, “I’m able to state that all Ghanaians have agreed that we have to work together to ensure that the elections will be transparent, free, fair, safe and credible”.
That, he explained, would be the eighth election since the country embarked on constitutional rule in its Fourth Republic in 1992, and that each of the polls had been an improvement on the previous, adding that the Ghanaians were looking forward to this year’s passing off peacefully, characteristic of the Ghanaian dignity.
Ghana held elections in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and the next general election is due for December 7, this year, when presidential and parliamentary elections will be held concurrently.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians were prepared for the twin elections like everything, even though politicking had been affected by the pandemic and parties could not campaign for votes in the approach with which they were accustomed.
Political parties, he said, were popularising their messages through technology due to the global pandemic.
He said he had no doubt that at the end of the elections, Ghanaians would be proud of themselves, Africa would have good cause to be proud of Ghana and the rest of the world would find lessons to learn from us.