Election 2024: Akufo-Addo Vows to Enforce Laws against Vigilantism

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Election 2024: Akufo-Addo Vows to Enforce Laws against Vigilantism
Election 2024: Akufo-Addo Vows to Enforce Laws against Vigilantism

Africa-Press – Ghana. President Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to strictly enforce anti-vigilantism laws to ensure the December 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections are free, fair, transparent, and credible.

Speaking at the Jubilee House during the presentation of scrolls of office to nine newly appointed diplomats, President Akufo-Addo underscored the necessity of maintaining peace and order throughout the election period.

The envoys include Nana Bediatuo Asante as Ambassador at Large, Francisca Ashietey- Odunton for South Africa and Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, to Nigeria. See full list below:

“Ghana has long been a beacon of democracy on the African continent, and it is our collective duty to safeguard this reputation,” he declared.

“Anyone who seeks to subvert the free will of the people will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” he added.

The President issued a stern warning against vigilantism, emphasizing the government’s determination to enforce the law rigorously.

“Any individual or group found culpable and falling foul of the law will be made to face its full rigours. Vigilantism has no place in our democratic space, and we must all work together to ensure a peaceful and orderly election period,” the President stated.

Vigilantism has been a persistent issue in Ghanaian politics, often marked by violence and intimidation. President Akufo-Addo’s strong stance highlights his commitment to democratic principles and the integrity of the electoral process. He urged all political parties and candidates to respect the democratic process and the will of the Ghanaian people.

“No candidate or political party is superior to the will of the Ghanaian people,” he asserted.

As political activities ramp up ahead of the December elections, the government, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, has implemented measures to ensure a peaceful election period and swift response to any acts of violence or intimidation.

“I want to reiterate my unwavering determination to ensuring that these elections are conducted in a manner that is free, fair, transparent, and credible,” President Akufo-Addo emphasized.

He also highlighted the role of the newly appointed diplomats in promoting Ghana’s image as a stable and democratic country. He urged them to uphold democratic values and engage with their host nations to foster strong bilateral relationships supporting Ghana’s democratic aspirations.

“Your primary responsibility is to promote the image of Ghana as a stable, peaceful, and forward-looking country,” the President told the new envoys. “This entails engaging with your host nations to foster strong bilateral relationships, attract investments, and advocate for the interests of Ghana.”

The government’s commitment to enforcing vigilantism laws and ensuring peaceful elections is crucial for maintaining Ghana’s reputation as a democratic leader in Africa. With local and international eyes on the upcoming elections, President Akufo-Addo’s assurance of a credible electoral process is a significant step toward preserving Ghana’s democratic integrity.

As the election date approaches, the government’s focus on upholding the rule of law and preventing acts of vigilantism will be critical in ensuring a peaceful and orderly election period. The President’s strong stance against vigilantism and his call for political parties to respect the democratic process reflect Ghana’s commitment to maintaining a stable and democratic society.

The enforcement of vigilantism laws and the government’s efforts to ensure peaceful elections are vital for Ghana’s continued democratic progress. Conducting free, fair, and transparent elections will not only strengthen the nation’s democratic institutions but also enhance its international standing as a model of democracy in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo highlighted the importance of enforcing vigilantism laws and ensuring credible elections.

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