General News of Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
President John Dramani Mahama has stated that Ghanaians will continue to live in peace and harmony, no matter the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 presidential election petition.
He said the focus after the judgement should be on how to grow the economy and ensure dignified lives for the people.
President Mahama made the statement at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday when he received the outgoing High Commissioner of Canada, Ms Trudy Kernighan, in his office.
The Supreme Court has fixed tomorrow, for its judgement on the election petition in which the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the declaration of President Mahama as winner of the 2012 presidential election.
President Mahama said Ghanaians had a lot of experience in democratic governance and also respected the rule of law.
Therefore, he said, the Supreme Court verdict would further enhance Ghana's image as a democratic country, as Ghanaians would go through it peacefully.
Touching on Ghana-Canada relations, the President said the ties between the two countries were based on the common values of democracy and the rule of law.
He mentioned the work of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in the areas of health and agriculture in the three northern regions as one of the important contributions of Canada to the country.
President Mahama commended Ms Kernighan for her efforts at promoting Ghana-Canada relations during her three-year duty tour of Ghana.
In her remarks, Ms Kernighan expressed the hope that the judgement on the election petition would come off peacefully.
She stressed the need for Ghanaians to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court to maintain the prevailing peace in the country.
Ms Kernighan said Canada cherished its friendship with Ghana and indicated that Canada was ready to deepen diplomatic and trade relations with Ghana.