President Akufo-Addo Pledges Free and Fair Elections in December 2024

by Louisa Afful
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As Ghana prepares for its presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2024, President William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to enforcing laws against vigilantism to ensure free, fair, and credible elections.

Speaking at the Jubilee House during the presentation of credentials to nine new diplomats, President Akufo-Addo stressed the importance of peace and order during the elections.

“Ghana has long been a beacon of democracy on the African continent, and it is our collective duty to safeguard this reputation,” he said. “Anyone who seeks to subvert the free will of the people will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

Strict Enforcement Against Vigilantism

The President issued a stern warning against vigilantism, emphasizing that the government will strictly enforce the law. “Any individual or group found guilty of breaking the law will face its full rigors. Vigilantism has no place in our democracy, and we must all work together to ensure a peaceful and orderly election period,” he stated.

Vigilantism has been a persistent issue in Ghanaian politics, often leading to violence and intimidation. President Akufo-Addo’s strong stance highlights his commitment to democratic principles and ensuring that the elections reflect the true will of the people. He urged all political parties and candidates to respect the democratic process and conduct their campaigns peacefully.

“No candidate or political party is superior to the will of the Ghanaian people,” the President asserted.

Measures for Peaceful Elections

The President assured that the government, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, has implemented measures to ensure a peaceful election period. “As we look ahead to the upcoming elections in December, I want to reiterate my unwavering determination to ensure that these elections are free, fair, transparent, and credible,” he emphasized.

Role of New Diplomats

President Akufo-Addo also highlighted the role of newly appointed diplomats in promoting Ghana’s image as a stable and democratic country. He urged them to foster strong bilateral relationships, attract investments, and support Ghana’s democratic aspirations.

“Your primary responsibility is to promote the image of Ghana as a stable, peaceful, and forward-looking country,” he told the new envoys.

Commitment to Democracy

The government’s commitment to enforcing vigilantism laws and ensuring peaceful elections is crucial for maintaining Ghana’s reputation as a democratic leader in Africa. The President’s assurance of a credible electoral process is a significant step towards preserving the integrity of Ghana’s democracy.

As the election date approaches, the government’s focus on upholding the rule of law and preventing any acts of vigilantism will be critical in ensuring a peaceful election period. This commitment reflects Ghana’s dedication to maintaining a stable and democratic society.

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