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Dec polls will be fair, peaceful – Gov’t assures citizens abroad

The Government of Ghana has assured Ghanaians in the diaspora of peace and stability as the country heads to the Presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December.

This comes days after the Concerned Ghanaians Group in the United States of America petitioned the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the President of the Republic of Ghana on potential intimidations and possible rigging, which may plunge the nation into chaos in the upcoming elections.

Also, the group has sent a petition in addition to a press statement and video footages to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ambassadors in Ghana and the United States Senate, after staging a demonstration and press conference at the forecourt of the Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA.  

But in a statement which believed to be a response to the concerns of the group, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey noted that “the elections on 7th December 2020 will be fair, transparent and peaceful to further consolidate Ghana’s status as a beacon of democracy in Africa and the world”.

She made these remarks during a virtual ceremony to commission a new building for the Ghana consulate-general in Toronto on Thursday, 26th November 2020.

The minister explained that the decision to relocate from the former office building to the current location is to bring relief to staff of the Consulate-General who have had to endure difficult working conditions in a cramped and small office space, which was not conducive for efficient and effective service delivery as well as productivity.

This new spacious three-storey building which was refurbished according to the Minister will “enhance the work of the Consulate-General in the Province of Ontario”. 

Additionally, “the recent installation of biometric passport processing machines in Ottawa and Toronto will, undoubtedly, enhance consular service delivery to Ghanaians in Canada.  This undertaking is a testament to the NPP Government’s commitment to raising the profile and image of Ghana in North America”.

Source: Classfmonline.com

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