A Joint High-Level Delegation from the United Nations (UN) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, ahead of the December 7 polls.
The visit is to help contribute to sustaining democratic governance in Ghana.
The delegation is expected to develop understanding of the viewpoints and perspectives of Ghanaian stakeholders on political, technical, legal, security and other developments ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
The delegation led by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, reiterated the strong support of the international community for peaceful, transparent and credible elections.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, acknowledged the importance of election as a key element in deepening multiparty democracy and accountability in governance.
She went ahead to underscore the importance of unifying the people of Ghana before, during and after elections to safeguard the peace for national development, by assuring the delegation of the government’s support and commitment to work closely with stakeholders towards the conduct of a peaceful, free and fair polls on December 7.
The Foreign Minister, however, added, “It is my hope that stakeholders will put the interest of the country above all considerations with the view to maintaining Ghana’s enviable image as a beacon of democracy in the region.”
She used the opportunity to commend the outstanding works of the UN and ECOWAS to ensure a peaceful, free and fair elections are conducted and the ongoing efforts to calm tensions in Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.