Election 2020: Joint Preventive Diplomacy Mission visits Ghana

As part of ensuring peace during and after the December general election, a Joint High-Level Delegation from the United Nations and ECOWAS has paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister in Accra.

The Joint Preventive Diplomacy Mission arrived in the country on Friday, October 23, 2020 with principal objective of contributing to the sustaining democratic governance in Ghana.

The Mission as part of their purpose is to
develop an understanding of the viewpoints and perspectives of Ghanaian stakeholders on political, technical, legal, security and other developments ahead of the presidential and legislative elections.

Also the Mission is exploring options to further support dialogue framework by Ghanaian stakeholders with a view to promoting consensus on critical issues in order to contribute to credible and peaceful elections.

The preventive Mission will also looking at reiterating the strong support of the international community for peaceful, transparent , and credible elections.

The mission is made up of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas; Representative of ECOWAS Commission in Ghana, H.E Gana Wakli; ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Gen. Francis Behanzin.

The rest are UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana , Mr Charles Abani; and UN Development Programme Resident Representative a.i. Ms Silke Hollander.

Foreign Minister, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in her welcome address requested the delegation to state the purpose of their Mission to the country.

She noted the importance of elections as a key element in deepening multiparty democracy and accountability in governance.

Hon Minister mentioned that, Ghana holds in high esteem her commitments to democracy, good governance, the respect for human rights and rule of law which have underpinned our political dispensation.

Commended the outstanding work done so far by the UN and ECOWAS towards the conduct of peaceful, free and fair elections in the region and for the ongoing efforts to calm tensions in Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.

Added that the Joint UN and ECOWAS High Level Mission has offered the opportunity to political actors to express their view point on the preparations for the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on December 7.

She assured the delegation of the Government’s support and commitment to work closely with stakeholders towards the conduct of a peaceful, free and fair polls in Ghana.

She mentioned that specific measures have been put in place by Government, the Electoral Commission and the National Election Security Architecture headed by the Inspector General of Police to boost confidence in the electoral process.

Hon Ayorkor Botchwey expressed the hope that stakeholders will put the interest of the country above all other considerations with the view to maintaining Ghana’s enviable image as a beacon of democracy in the region.

She underscored the importance of unifying the people of Ghana before, during and after the elections to enable the winning party to safeguard the peace for national development.

Hon Minister was optimistic that the delegation will share their findings with government after their interactions with all the actors in the electoral process.