Campaign billboards in Accra.
By Kate Da Costa
Seven political parties in Ghana have signed a peace accord, pledging to ensure a free, fair and credible ballot.
The peace pact which was done at the instance of the Electoral Commission (EC) had the presidential candidates, except the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in person signing the peace agreement. The PPP’s candidate, who was absent, was represented by his running-mate, Bridgitte Dzogbnuku.
Six of the candidates namely: President John Mahama (NDC), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (NPP), Dr. Edward Mahama (PNC), Ivor Greenstreet (CPP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings (NDP) and Jacob Osei Yeboah (independent candidate) were present at the event.
The occasion was witnessed by the Commonwealth Observer Mission led by former South African President, Mr. Thambo Mbeki, The chairperson of the ECOWAS and Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Sirleaf, former President Jerry John Rawlings, the Chief Justice of Ghana Georgina Wood and members of the National Peace Council.
Speaking on the occasion, the ECOWAS leader had urged Ghanaians to maintain the enviable credentials of being the most stable democracy in the continent by ensuring the peaceful and successful conduct of the polls.