Ghana Decides Statement on the Elections

Ghana Decides Statement on the Elections

Ghana Decides, a Blogging Ghana elections project supported by STAR-Ghana, wishes to congratulate Ghanaians on their conduct throughout the electoral process.

We have been involved in the electoral process and have monitored and reported through a network of volunteers across the country.  We provided consistent and comprehensive coverage of the elections, on our social media and blogging platforms, and have engaged with Ghanaians online. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without our dedicated team of observers and monitors across the country.

Our verdict is that the 2016 Elections were largely fair and conducted in a transparent manner. We commend and congratulate the Electoral Commission on conducting smooth and well-organized elections.

The participation of Ghanaians online, throughout the process, has been enthusiastic and largely devoid of troubling commentary. The Electoral Commission and the Ghana Police Service both used social media to communicate effectively and quickly with citizens online.  This helped to significantly calm tensions and furthered transparency of the electoral process.

The vigilance of Ghanaian electoral observers and monitors like WANEP, CODEO, IDEG, and the Women’s Situation Room, as well as, international observer missions from the African Union, the Commonwealth and the National Democratic Institute also helped ensure successful elections. We thank the Peace Council for its interventions. We commend the topnotch journalism from Citi FM, Joy FM , Adom FM, PeacefmOnline,  EIB Group and other traditional media outlets who worked around the clock to keep Ghana accurately informed.

We congratulate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his election as president and we congratulate all the winning candidates for Parliament. A note of appreciation also goes to outgoing President John Dramani Mahama for his gracious concession. We also commend all candidates for accepting the results of the elections.

We appreciate political parties, civil society organizations and the media who collectively worked on getting out the vote.

We thank Ghanaians for participating in the process and for voting on 7th December.

The 2016 election sets yet another precedent in Ghana’s history and further strengthens our democracy.

We call on Ghanaians to continue to respect the process through the inauguration of the president, the transition, and beyond.

God bless Ghana.

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