The African Union and the Economic Community of West African joint mission have charged the Ghanaian authorities to ensure violence-free elections on the incoming presidential election to be on December 7.
The joint mission also urged the Electoral Commission to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.
The mission led by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Kassi Brou, was in Ghana between November 15 and 17, 2020, in line with the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the 2002 OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa.
According to a statement by the ECOWAS Commission on Wednesday, the mission emphasised on the progress and assurances by the Ghananian electoral commission on the level of preparedness towards the elections.
The statement titled, ‘Joint high-level pre-election mission of ECOWAS and African Union to Ghana,’ stated that “The mission urged the authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure violence-free elections, and expressed satisfaction on the passing of the vigilantism and related offence Act, 2019, by the parliament of Ghana, and the signing of the code of conduct on the eradication of political vigilantism in Ghana, under the auspices of the national peace council.”
The mission also commended the authorities for the security measures put in place to ensure a peaceful conduct of elections, and encouraged all stakeholders to resort to the use of dialogue as a mechanism to address all difference and disputes on issues relating to the elections.