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2024 elections will be free, fair and transparent, devoid of electoral violence – Akufo-Addo

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The President’s Office has promised Ghanaians that the December 7 general elections would be free, fair, and transparent, with no electoral violence.

Entities or individuals that seek to disrupt the polls will be punished with in line with the country’s laws, according to the president.

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The seat of government made these remarks in response to social media claims that the Presidency was attempting to orchestrate politically motivated changes within the hierarchy of the Armed Forces with the sole purpose of using the Military to brutalize citizens during the conduct of the December 7 general elections.

According to the seat of government, the social media outlet went on to claim that a meeting was conducted at the Presidency on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, to examine the purported politically influenced changes in the Ghana Armed Forces.

Indeed, on January 2, 2024, the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, met with the heads of security agencies at Jubilee House, a meeting that has become an annual feature on the President’s calendar at the start of the New Year, according to a statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

According to Mr Arhin’s statement, at these meetings, the heads of security agencies call on the President to offer him their best wishes for the coming year, with the President also taking the opportunity to express his appreciation to them for their continued commitment to ensuring the nation’s peace and stability.

Contrary to rumors posted on social media, no such conversations concerning changes to the Armed Forces hierarchy were conducted during the meeting, according to the statement.

“It is imperative to note that a change in the leadership of the Armed Forces is embarked upon by the President in accordance with the Constitution and well-established conventions, devoid of any political considerations. Any future change made in this regard will not be a new phenomenon that should warrant unfounded speculations.

“The Armed Forces is an important institution of State that has, over the years, built an enviable reputation for its professionalism in the conduct of its duties, both at national and international levels. The Akufo-Addo-led administration shall continue to guard earnestly this reputation by ensuring that partisanship is eschewed from the operations of the Ghana Armed Forces.

“The President assures Ghanaians that the 2024 general elections will be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner, devoid of electoral violence. Entities or persons who will attempt to disrupt the elections will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the country.

“In the interest of safeguarding the peace and stability of Ghana, the public is urged to disregard such unfounded speculations and publications aimed at triggering agitations within the rank and file of the Armed Forces.”

 

 

 

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