President Akufo-Addo has said he will accept the final results of the 7 December 2020 polls.
In his peace message at the 3rd High-Level Meeting of the Presidential Elections Peace Pact 2020 on Friday, 4 December 2020 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, the President, who is seeking a second term on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), said: “We, in the NPP, want a credible election, conducted in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere”.
“We are certain we have a track record that will make Ghanaians vote to renew our mandate. Just as it was in 2016, we want this victory to be sweet and incontestable. I have said that we believe in elections, and I am happy to give my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, I pledge that the peace, unity and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration.”
The President’s main rival, former President John Mahama, who also signed the peace pact, said the Akufo-Addo administration’s “refusal to sanction persons involved in assaulting an Honourable Member of Parliament and injuring scores of people” during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election over a year ago, “remains one of the darkest days in our democratic history”.
The presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the “reckless remarks by leading members of the ruling party that the unfortunate events of Ayawaso West Wuogun were just a dress rehearsal for the actual election, do not inspire confidence for the delivery of a peaceful election”.
Mr Mahama said: “As we end our campaigns tomorrow and prepare to vote on Monday, I pledge to ensure peace and preserve the stability of our dear nation”, adding: “Elections are about counting heads not cutting heads. And, so, we will work toward peace”.