The Government of the United States of America (USA) has condemned what it called “political violence in Ghana”, as the country prepares to elect a President and 275 Members of Parliament to manage its affairs for the next four years.
The USA’s admonishment comes in the wake of clashes between members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the weekend near the private residence of Nana Akufo Addo, the NPP’s flagbearer.
“In the period leading up to and following Ghana’s elections on December 7, we call on all actors to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process. We encourage all parties to make it clear to their constituents that any violence or attempts to use intimidation to disrupt the democratic process, is unacceptable,” the USA Embassy statement said.
Admitting that the campaigns could be vigorous and sometimes contentious, the USA posited that “violence has no place in the electoral process”.
It, warned that it would “consider all options to hold responsible, those who incite political violence, including denying or revoking visas”.
The statement applauded Ghana’s track-record of holding peaceful, democratic elections, and encouraged the country to continue with that tradition.
It assured of the international community’s continuous support for the Electoral Commission, the national and regional peace councils, NGOs, civil society organisations, the media, the police and other state agencies to ensure that the polls were credible and non-violent.
The USA urged all parties to “participate peacefully in the democratic process—before, during and after election day”.
By Times Reporter