Ban Ki-Moon speaks to John Mahama, Akufo-Addo

ban-ki_moonThe United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has had separate conversations with the presidential candidates of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP); President John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo
The telephone conversation held on Tuesday centred on ensuring that Wednesday’s elections was peaceful in the country this electioneering period.

A statement released by the UN in New York yesterday said the Secretary-General underscored the importance of an environment conducive to peaceful and credible elections, and urged the two leaders to continue their role in defusing tensions and preserving peace.

“Bearing in mind Ghana’s history of political stability and peaceful elections, the Secretary-General underscored the need for all political parties to sign a Code of Conduct, which will greatly assist in lowering tensions and preventing electoral violence.”

The statement explained that the “international community has shown a keen interest in Ghana’s elections following the country’s enviable record in holding peaceful polls in spite of high pre-election tension.”

The United States of America and United Kingdom recently cautioned Ghana not to take for granted the peace it enjoys having conducted peaceful elections for the past 24 years.
The two countries also threatened to impose visa restriction on any politician or group of individual who foment trouble.

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