Flagbearers of the two main political parties have signed a peace pact on Friday, ahead of the Monday, December 7 elections.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and John Mahama signed the document at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, under the auspices of the National Peace Council, National Chief Imam and the National House of Chiefs.
The two agreed to a six-point resolution read by Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah, and witnessed by Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam, Reverend Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman of the National Peace Council, Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi II, President of the National House of Chiefs and Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance.
Chairman of National Peace Council, Dr. Ernest Adu Gyamfi said the move signifies a commitment to non-violence before, during and after the polls.
He recalled that the formal commitment to non-violence is a long-standing tradition aimed at reducing the tension in various camps.
“We believe that once this is done, it is going to tone down some of the tension that we are seeing,” he stated.
This development comes three days to the parliamentary and presidential elections across the country.
At the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo pledged his commitment to peace and to honorably accept the verdict of the people, while John Mahama pledge commitment to peace, but was silent on the verdict.
President Akufo-Addo said “…we believe in election and I have given my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, the peace, unity and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration. May God bless our homeland Ghana and make us great and strong.”
On his part, NDC flagbearer, John Mahaha said “I am John Dramani Mahama and I stand for peace. Let there be peace in Ghana before, during and after the elections. God bless us all.”