AU, ECOWas missions laud preparations

President Mahama in a meeting with AU Monitoring team. Photo; Vincent Dzatse

President Mahama in a meeting with AU Monitoring team. Photo: Vincent Dzatse

The African Union (AU) and ECOWAS Election Observer Missions, monitoring today’s general election have expressed satisfaction with preparations for the polls.

They are also confident that the polls would be conducted in a peaceful, transparent and fair manner.

Interacting with journalists at the Flagstaff House, here in Accra yesterday after separately meeting President John Mahama, as part of their stakeholder meetings with the leadership, the two Missions trusted that Ghanaians would demonstrate their democratic maturity to the admiration of the rest of Africa.

“We are satisfied with what we have heard from the representatives of organs of State including the Electoral Commission, Judiciary, Police and Civil Society Organisation,” said former Namibian President and leader of the AU Mission, Hifikepunye Pohamba.

He explained that a segment of the team has spent about a month in the country, monitoring the campaigning of the various political parties, and lauded the discipline of Ghanaians for the peaceful process towards the election.

Touching on the meeting with the President, Mr. Pohamba said it was part of the stakeholder meetings the mission has held with the presidential candidates, and noted that the team accepted the assurances offered by President Mahama.

The ECOWAS Mission team leader, Dr. Amos Sawyer, who is the former President of the Liberian Interim Government, expressed confidence that Ghana’s election would be peaceful.

“The entire sub-region is looking forward to a peaceful election here”, he said.

Dr. Sawyer said the team was optimistic that all the parties would adhere to the peace declaration signed by the presidential candidates, and lauded the commitment of the President and other stakeholders for free, fair and peaceful election.

“We appreciate the assurances from the President, and we are confident that Ghana will maintain the standard,” he stressed.

By Edmund Mingle

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