As the general elections draw near in Ghana, president John Mahama on behalf of the NDC has assured the people that he will not jeopardize any electoral process. He promises that the coming election will be transparent and peaceful.
The President made the announcement during the 24th year anniversary of the founding of his political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking on behalf of the party as their flag bearer, the president says that the NDC will not be found wanting in terms of violence and slandering during political campaigns.
He went on to plead with other political parties to prioritize peace during their campaigns as well.
“If there will be any violence or disruption, it will not come from the NDC.”
“I hope all parties in this country will make a commitment that we shall play by the rules to ensure that we have a free, fair and transparent election.”
Concurring with the President, NDC founder and former Ghanaian president, Jerry John Rawlings also emphasized the need for peace and integrity all through the electoral journey.
Rawlings stressed the need for the spirit of good sportsmanship, bearing in mind that there could only be one winner. He also preached that the government and the NDC should becloud themselves with a cloak of maturity in their electoral dealings.
“Tempers may rise, angry words exchanged but the NDC must not allow its desire to stay in power to compel its leaders at various levels to descend into the gutters and contribute to an atmosphere of insecurity.”
Rawlings definitely has a good reason for his pleas. He founded the NDC while his wife is the leader of the NDP.
Recall that Rawlings’ wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, on May 2, was endorsed as the presidential candidate for Ghana’s opposition, National Democratic Party (NDP). He had publicly shown support for his wife’s political ambition as president.