5 December 2012

Ghana: Observer Mission Puts Ghana's Democracy Ahead of Others

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Former Nigerian President, General Olusegun Obasanjo has eulogized Ghana's democratic credential as a vanguard of democracy in the West African Sub-region, as it embarks on another general election come December 7, this year.

According to the former Nigerian President, who is leading hundreds of African Union/Ecowas Observer Missions to the country, Ghana is reputed for holding a free and fair election and that the mission is in the country to build on the foundation already established.

Mr. Obasanjo expressed this notion, when he led a-five-member delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood in Accra yesterday.

The leader of the delegation noted that the group comprising 40 people from the African Union and 200 people from ECOWAS are in the country to ensure peace and stability as well as free and fair elections in the country.

The mission is expected to be in the country till December 13, this year, if there is no run-off in the up-coming election. He further lauded the recent peace declaration signed by all Presidential Candidates in Kumasi.

The other four members of the delegation include Mr. Musah Fatou, Director of Political Affairs of ECOWAS, Mr. Cyrila Tapoko, AU Coordinator, Mr. Iddrisa Kamara, AU Political Affairs Officer and Mrs. Salamatu Husseini Suleman, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of ECOWAS.

Welcoming the delegation, Chief Justice Wood noted that the judiciary had formed an election adjudication team to handle election disputes adding that the system was to ensure the speedy and expeditious trial of cases.

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