Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:42 am
The U.S. has congratulated Ghana and the country’s president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, on the success of the Dec. 7 Poll.
Deputy Spokesperson of U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, in a statement issued on Friday, said the outcome of the election was a proof of Ghana’s vibrant democracy.
“The U.S. has congratulated the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the December 7 general election.
“We also congratulate President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo. The peaceful and inclusive nature of the election is a testament to Ghana’s citizens and its vibrant democracy,” he said.
The U.S. also commended Ghana’s President, John Mahama, for demonstrating sportsmanship and statesmanship by respecting the outcome of the election, and the country’s electoral commission..
“We commend President Mahama for respecting the results announced by the Electoral Commission, calling on his supporters to do the same.
“We also commend him for demonstrating the leadership and commitment to democracy for which Ghana is known throughout the world.
“We commend Ghana’s Electoral Commission for administering a credible election process.”
He said the U.S. has also recognised the civil society organisations that contributed to a peaceful, transparent, and fair election.
Toner said the Secretary of State, John Kerry, in a phone calls with Mahama and Akufo-Addo, said the U.S. and Ghana had a close and enduring friendship rooted in our mutual commitment to freedom and democratic values.
“We look forward to working with President-elect Akufo-Addo and his administration on economic growth, health, governance and security in Ghana and throughout West Africa.
“Ghana has a long tradition of peaceful democratic elections and we congratulate the country on its sustained commitment to democracy.” (NAN)