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General News of Sunday, 9 December 2012

Source: GNA

Election was transparent, free and fair -Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria on Sunday described Ghana’s general election as peaceful, transparent, free and fair, and should, therefore, be emulated by other African countries.
He said, “By this successful and peaceful election, Ghana has again added another beautiful block to the already political edifice it has built over the years.”
The former President, who led an African Union and Economic Community for West African States delegation to observe the polls, called on President John Dramani Mahama at his official residence in Accra.
He commended both the party in government and the opposition parties for their peaceful and successful participation in the election.
Also at the meeting was Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Alhaji Baba Kamara, Ghana’s High commissioner to Nigeria among others.
General Obasanjo said Ghana’s democracy had reached a level where there would not be any need to resort to any court cases regarding this year’s election.
He gave the assurance that the final results of the polls that would be presented by the Electoral Commission would be credible and acceptable to all in the contest.
President Mahama commended the Observer teams for participating in Ghana’s election as that would go a long way to give the exercise high level of credibility.
He said his government would continue to be law abiding as they await the declaration of the final results in the next few hours or days by the Electoral Commission.


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