The former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrive in Ghana to lead the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) joint presidential and parliamentary election observer to keenly monitor Ghana’s election on Monday, December 7, 2020.
She paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs as part of processes to officially commence her activities.
Madam Johnson Sirleaf said “I was honoured to have been designated by the President of the ECOWAS Commission to serve as the ECOWAS Elections observation mission for the election in Ghana”.
“We know of the legacy Ghana has when it comes to elections, when it comes to how things are conducted here. We see this as a challenge because any kind of election is a challenge…so, all in all it is my honour to be of service to Ghana and to be of service to Africa for carrying out this important activity.”
She added “Our work is facilitated by a very experienced team, many of whom we’ve worked with before. We have benefited from briefing notes that have included the work of the pre-observation mission headed by President Brou and, so, we feel that we are ready to take on the task”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, on her part said “every election is different but all in all, I’m of the firm believe and opinion that Ghana will not disappoint the world. We very much are proud of our democratic credentials, we believe strongly in the rule of law, in democracy, respect for human rights and good governance and we know that elections are part of a good working democracy where you afford the citizens the opportunity at given intervals to speak their mind through the ballot box. We know that like I said the whole world is watching Ghana and we’ve done it several times where we have even transferred power from one political party to another without problems or whatsoever”.
She also stated that “government has spared no effort in making sure that it has put at the disposal of all the institutions that are involved in the preparations of the elections, whatever it is they require so we know that the EC is well prepared towards the elections.”
Source: Ghana Waves