Friday is the final day of official campaigning for
Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana. Big rallies are
planned for both the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition
National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Reporter Peter Clottey in the capital, Accra said the political parties are scrambling to get their closing
messages out to the voters.
the political parties are photo-finishing, sprinting to finish hard ahead of
the election. They are putting all their resources into getting their messages
out. You can see it both on TV and Internet as well as radio. And then you have
people going from house to house explaining policies and trying to convince
people at the last minute to vote for them," he said.
quoted the electoral commission as saying that it was ready for Sunday's
Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has categorically stated that the
electoral commission is all ready for Sunday's election. He claims that this is
the fifth consecutive time that the electoral commission would be organizing
free, fair, and credible elections. So once again he said that every other time
that they organize elections is an improvement of the previous ones," Clottey
Ghanaians have been expressing concerns about election-related violence
reminiscent of Kenya and Zimbabwe. Clottey said Ghana's security agencies are
ready for any possible violence.
tension is not as high as it used to be in this election. People are eager and
enthusiastic and ready to vote, and nobody is talking about violence. The
security minister in collaboration with all the heads of the security agencies
in Ghana recently met to map out strategies to ensure that the elections are
free and fair. And all the presidential candidates in this Sunday's election
have promised to abide by the rules and rubrics of the electoral commission,"
said the ruling New Patriotic Party and main opposition National Democratic
Congress would planned to hold huge final campaign rallies Friday.
have the ruling New Patriotic Party that is holding its mammoth rally at the
Accra Academy, a high school, to press home their last message. And then the
main opposition National Democratic Congress initially scheduled its final
rally a few kilometers from Accra, and people thought that it's too close to
call. So they said for the sake of peace they will move it to Tema, the harbor
city of Ghana," Clottey said.