The mood is peaceful as several expectant Ghanaians await the arrival of the President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage at the Central mosque at Abossey Okai.
Nana Akufo-Addo together with some party executives will be visiting the National mosque in Accra today to offer prayers at a thanksgiving service following the NPP’s massive win in the December 7 elections.
Vice President-elect Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and several parliamentary-elect candidates will be at the event expected to begin around 12:30pm.
Chief Imam, Dr. Nuhu Sharubutu, will be leading the congregation at the service.
The inter-denominational thanksgiving service themed “Psalm 20 vs 5 follows Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon is urging the presidential candidates of the two leading political
party; President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Nana Akufo-Addo of the New
Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure peace in the country this electioneering period.
Secretary General in separate
telephone calls placed to the two
candidates on Tuesday, November 29 said it was important for them to help
maintain an environment of peace and credible elections.
He said the two candidates must help in defusing tensions and preserving peace before, during and after the 2016 general elections.
He also urged the two to sign “a Code of Conduct which will greatly assist in lowering tensions and preventing
conversations with H.E. Mr. John
Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Head of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Today, the Secretary- General had separate telephone conversations with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana
Akufo-Addo, head of Ghana’s
opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to discuss the general elections that are scheduled to take place on 7 December in Ghana.
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.
Bearing in mind Ghana’s history of political stability and peaceful
elections, the Secretary-General
underscored the need for all political parties to sign a Code of Conduct, which will greatly assist in lowering tensions and preventing electoral
violence. New York, 29 November
The international community have shown a keen interest in Ghana’s elections following the country’s enviable record in holding peaceful
polls in spite of high pre-election
US warns nationals in Ghana’
Last week, the US Embassy in Accra issued an alert to its citizens in Ghana to avoid political hotspots.
The release mentioned a number
areas in the country the embassy had identified as hotspots where violence or electoral trouble may occur with little or no danger warning.
The Omanhene of Kumawu
Traditional Area, Barima Sarfo
Tweneboa Kodua, has cautioned
chiefs against dabbling in partisan
He was addressing chiefs at a meeting of the Kumawu Traditional Council on
The Kumawuhene said chiefs, as
agents of development, should
support whoever emerges winner at the December elections, and not to be
seen to play active partisan roles.
The Omanhene said it was only
proper that chiefs lend support to a government in power to accelerate development in their respective areas, and not to be seen as part of electioneering campaign teams of political parties.
Barima Tweneboa Kodua also entreated the chiefs to work against violence during the elections.
He said they should guide their
subjects, particularly, the youth, to avoid conflicts as much as possible, to
ensure peaceful elections.
Executive Director for Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed disappointment in the Ghanaian media.
According to Mr. Sulemana Braimah, the media industry is becoming an entity that politicians use to propagate their agenda.
He said the media has lost its focus of centering on the critical developmental challenges affecting the country and have instead turned their platforms into one for political debate.
“Our media industry is absolutely and almost entirely becoming an entity that politicians use to propagate their agenda, normally just propaganda and one wonders why journalists will continue to tolerate and make our media platforms, platforms for political discussions, usually NPP, NDC.”
The MFWA Executive Director was speaking at a zonal advocacy workshop organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with the support of the European Union to build the capacity of media personnel in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Central Regions towards strengthening Ghana’s democracy.
He believes the media is partly to blame for the problems in the country, adding if “our media, journalists across the country were focusing on the issues and dealing with the critical problems facing this country, our politicians will sit up, those who have to do what they have to do will it and do it right .” (sic)
The obviously concerned Sulemana Braimah has therefore admonished journalists to discard the practice of engaging political opponents in unnecessary blame games and rather “do what they have to do”.
He said what the people want in their lives is to know what journalists can do to ensure that authorities are held accountable for their actions and duty bearers are transparent in what they do.
Something he indicates will help in nation building in the long run.