Ghanaian president pledges to stamp out electoral violence
ACCRA, March 14 — President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday assured Ghanaian citizens that his government is determined to make sure that elections are conducted in an atmosphere of peace and freedom.
Akufo-Addo received a report of the Commission of Inquiry set up to inquire into violence that occurred during a by-election in the national capital Accra on Jan. 31.
He assured citizens that the findings and the recommendations made by the commission will be given the greatest attention by his government.
“We have a responsibility of ensuring the maintenance of law and order in our country and that responsibility is not one that can be abdicated on any occasion, so to the extent that this commission can help us, its findings and recommendations can help us advance the course of law and order in our country,” Akufo-Addo said. “I welcome it. It will be the subject of close study”
He expressed the hope that the recommendations and findings will help Ghana on the road to ridding the nation of the canker of electoral and politically related violence.
Akufo-Addo reassured the citizens of his government’s continued determination to ensuring that they go about their normal duties, including exercising their constitutional and political rights, in an atmosphere of peace and freedom.
On Jan. 32, unidentified armed men attacked some voters at a polling station and fired gunshots in the air when voting was underway to choose a replacement for legislator Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko, who died in November last year.
The incident, which led to the injury of six people, has been condemned by civil society groups as well as the United Nations Development Program. – XINHUA