Akufo-Addo invites international observers to Election 2008

akuffo.jpgNana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flag bearer of New Patriotic Party (NPP),
has called on the international observer community to observe the
December Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana.

A
statement issued by the Akufo-Addo campaign team copied to Ghana News
Agency said he made the call when he addressed addressed the National
Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington as part of his tour of North
America.

The NDI is a non-profit organisation working to
strengthen and expand democracy worldwide by promoting citizen
participation, openness and accountability in government.

Nana
Akufo-Addo said even though Ghana’s democracy had come of age, it was
still important for the international observer community to observe
this year’s election to help avoid disagreements.

“Many
Ghanaians are of the view that we have become matured enough to conduct
our own elections without the endorsement of foreign observers. I am
however, of the opinion that the verdict of International Observers
would more likely be acceptable to the people as opposed to that of
Local Observers who no matter the neutrality they display would still
be tagged as belonging to one party or the other,” he said.

He
commended the NDI for its role in the promotion and sustenance of
multi-party democracy in Ghana, in particular, and Africa, generally
and urged it to continue to show greater interest and commitment to
Ghana’s democracy.

Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghana was on course to
creating a free modern society where hard work, excellence, liberty and
duty were freely exercised by the citizens.

He said Ghana had a
great future ahead and his task, when elected into office, would be to
instill in the people a greater sense of self-belief, can-do spirit and
attitude which were required to transform the economy, modernise the
Ghanaian society and create prosperity for most Ghanaians.

“The
world has seen the Asian tigers” he said. “It is high time the world
also saw some African lions. And, Ghana is set to be the first of such
African lions,” he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo explained that if
Ghana was to become such a “lion” then it needed to maintain the peace
and stability that she was enjoying today.

He therefore urged other contestants in the December elections to accept the verdict of the people in good faith.

“It is important that we trust the integrity and wisdom of the Electoral Commission,” he said.

“Attacking
and seeking to destroy their integrity would not augur well for the
conduct of the elections and the sustenance of peace afterwards,” he
cautioned.

The President of NDI, Kenneth Wollack, praised Ghana
for her democratic practice and urged Nana Akufo-Addo and other leaders
of the various political parties to guard Ghana’s achievements
jealously since Ghana had always served as the beacon of hope and
enlightenment for the rest of the continent.

He said NDI had a responsibility to encourage and nurture multi-party democracy, not just in Africa, but in the world at large.

Mr
Wollack gave the assurance that NDI was not about to abandon Ghana nor
any country committed to democratic growth and accountability.

Source: GNA