US to support Ghana to hold credible elections

Ambassador Robert Jackson
Ambassador Robert Jackson

The United States of America has expressed its readiness to give strong backing to Ghana to conduct clean, transparent and credible general election in November 2016.

Mr. Robert Porter Jackson, the US Ambassador to Ghana, said the US was already providing financial and technical support to civil society organizations including the National Peace Council (NPC) to strengthen their capacity to effectively monitor political activities during and after the polls.

He said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi to strengthen the warm relationship between the US Embassy in Accra and the Manhyia Palace.

Mr. Jackson applauded the significant strides the nation was making in its democratic governance and said this needed to be safeguarded through fair and incident-free presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ghana, he noted, had won international admiration for its democracy and stability and asked that this was protected.

The Ambassador touched on the escalation of terrorism in the West African sub-region and described that as deeply worrying and unhelpful to the sub-region’s economic growth.

He underlined the determination of his country to work closely with Ghana to deal with the growing terror threats it faces.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged the US to up its assistance to the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct a successful election.

He said he was confident that Ghanaian voters would once again pass the test by choosing the leaders peacefully through the ballot box.

Source: GNA

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