Ban Ki-Moon Calls Mahama, Nana Addo Over Ghana’s Elections

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has urged President John Mahama and his arch-rival in this year’s election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to show leadership by ensuring peaceful elections on December 7.

In a telephone conversation with the two main candidates in the presidential election, the Secretary General underscored the need for Mr Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party respectively, to defuse tensions before and after the general elections.

“The Secretary-General underscored the importance of an environment conducive to peaceful and credible elections, and urged the two leaders to continue their role in defusing tensions and preserving peace,” a statement released Tuesday night said.

Mr Ki-Moon further urged the political parties in the country to commit to the signing of a peace deal, which was called off on November 23 and later rescheduled December 1.

The Secretary General observed the signing of the deal that seeks to get a firm commitment from the candidates, would “greatly assist in lowering tensions and preventing electoral violence”.

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