AFRICA/GHANA - The Bishops: "May the vote be free and transparent"

Friday, 4 December 2020 elections   bishops  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "While we reaffirm our confidence in the Electoral Commission to work to guarantee transparent elections, we urge you not to be negligent in carrying out this constitutional duty", say the Bishops of Ghana in a pastoral letter, published on the eve of the presidential elections on 7 December.
"We appeal to all political parties, their leaders and supporters and all Ghanaian citizens to live in peace and refrain from all activities that may disturb the peace of our beloved nation before, during and after the elections", continue the Bishops .
"We pray , as we have done on several occasions in the past, that this year's elections will also be credible so that we can celebrate our democracy and the birth of the Savior at Christmas in peace, harmony and joy", they conclude.
Voters will have to choose the next Head of State from among 12 candidates for the Presidency, including three women. The two main opponents in this context come from the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPC).
The favorite candidate remains outgoing President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is running for his last Presidential term. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/12/2020)