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Akufo-Addo in Odododiodoo: Perpetrators of violence have no election message

President Akufo-Addo says perpetrators of violence have no message to present to the people of Ghana to secure their vote.

President Akufo-Addo says perpetrators of violence anywhere in the country have no message to present to the people of Ghana to secure their vote in the lead-up to the 7 December 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The president made this remark as he addressed the chiefs, queen mothers and constituents of Odododiodoo in Accra at a durbar held in his honour on day three of his four-day tour of the Greater Accra Region.

“Most importantly, we want peace in Accra. The election ahead of us is an opportunity for the people to make a choice and not to fight.

“Anyone who decides to uses violence and intimidation simply has no message for the people of Ghana. Anyone who decides to use violence ahead of the elections is only admitting that he or she has no message for the electorate,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Why should violence be an option in a process meant to afford the people an opportunity to make a choice?” the president asked.

Ghana’s democratic credentials

The president further declared that Ghana’s democratic credentials have gained global recognition and the upcoming elections on 7 December should do nothing to derail that record.

“The whole world is watching Ghana because they know we are a law-abiding people. So let’s not allow the few deviant elements in the country to change the enviable record of our nation,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Odododiodoo violence

Odododiodoo experienced violent clashes between supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and members of the governing New Patriotic Party on Sunday 25 October.

A joint peace walk by supporters of the NPP and NDC in the James Town area of the constituency turned violent.

Many video clips widely shared on social media showed supporters of the two main parties throwing bottles and hurling stones and insults at each other. One clip shows shooting.

The violent attacks in the constituency have prompted widespread condemnation from well-meaning Ghanaians, the Peace Council and civil society organisations.

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Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio

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