Fears elections could spark Ghana violence
From RUSSELL ADADEVOH in Accra,Ghana
ACCRA, (CAJ News) – A high-level mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) the United Nations (UN) is wary of the risk of violence ahead of the general elections scheduled for November in Ghana.
The mission acknowledged the genuine risk of electoral skirmishes and pleaded with representatives of all stakeholders, including the political formations, the civil society organizations and the media, to play their part in erasing or mitigating misunderstandings, which carry a potential to tarnish the conduct of the electoral process.
It invited all political parties to avail themselves of existing institutional mechanisms to resolve the various challenges that might arise.
The polls set for November 7 are projected to be a tense affair between the ruling National Democratic Congress of President John Mahama and the main opposition New Patriotic Front.
While Ghana is seen as a model for African stability since attainment of independence from Britain in 1957, the poll is set to offer a stern test coming amid an economic slump, unemployment as well as political and security issues.
There have been protests against government by Ghanaians upset by the rising cost of living.
The joint mission nonetheless obtained an expression of commitment from the political parties in the West African country to sign a Code of Conduct ahead of the elections.
– CAJ News
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