News / Africa

ECOWAS Pleased With Ghana Election Preparation

TEXT SIZE - +
Peter Clottey
Poll observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) say they are pleased with preparation efforts ahead of Ghana’s general election Friday.

ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman says she is pleased with the security arrangements for the vote.                              

“Everybody seems to be quite satisfied that adequate arrangements have been put in place and the security agencies seem to be quite in control and I believe we are all set to go,” said Suleiman.

Official campaigning ended late Wednesday for Friday’s presidential, legislative and local elections. The ruling NDC and the main opposition NPP held their final mammoth rallies in the capital, Accra. The other opposition parties also held their final rallies across the country.

Thursday is scheduled to be the “cooling off day,” when political party activities are barred to enable voters to decide who to vote for on Friday. 

The ECOWAS and African Union poll team led by former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo met Tuesday with former presidents Jerry Rawlings, founding father of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), and John Agyekum Kufuor of the main opposition, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).                                                

“They were quite enthused about the large ECOWAS contingent that will give confidence and try to dissuade any temptations to cause violence on election day,” said ECOWAS political director Abdel-Fatau Musah.

He added the Independent Electoral Commission assured his team about their readiness for the vote.

“If you look around, everybody is very calm. The general population is going about their business normally,” he said.

The eight presidential candidates have signed a peace pact to renounce violence and to accept the results of Friday’s vote. But some Ghanaians have expressed worry that the tension could turn violent in spite of the signed peace pact.

“From the discussions we’ve held, we’ve observed some tensions here and there, but I believe that it shouldn’t necessarily lead to violence,” said Suleiman.

She underscored the need for a peaceful vote, which she said should be an example to other West African nations.

“We want other countries in our sub-region, to continue to look up to Ghana and to learn lessons from the political process and democratic process in Ghana,” she said.

Meanwhile, former Nigerian leader Obasanjo plans to hold a news conference Thursday to officially call for a peaceful election ahead of Friday’s vote.

Clottey intv with Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman,ECOWAS commissioner
Clottey intv with Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman,ECOWAS commissioneri
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Clottey interview with Dr.Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS official
Clottey interview with Dr.Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS official i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Abuja Blast Impacts Lives, Livelihoods

Officials say they are looking at ways to help bombing victims and boosting security More

Cambodia Technology Adviser Criticizes Cybercrime Draft Law

Phu Leewood says current criminal code can be used to prosecute offenders and that there is no need for a separate law More

Photogallery A Year Later, Boston Remembers Deadly Marathon Bombings

City pauses to honor victims and salute emergency workers who came to their assistance in frantic moments after blasts More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid