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General News of Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Prez Mahama calls for peace in Friday's election

With three days to the general election, President John Dramani Mahama has underscored the need for Ghanaians to ensure that Friday’s presidential and parliamentary elections pass off peacefully.

In a special peace message to Ghanaians, the President said the fact that the country had held five successful elections was a clear indication that the forthcoming elections would also be successful and peaceful.

Affirming his commitment to ensure peace during and after the December 7 polls, he appealed to all political leaders to show by example their commitment to peace.

"Let us all show by example that we are committed to peace," he said.

While declaring his resolve to supervise violence-free, transparent, free and fair elections, President Mahama, who is the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, underscored the need for the electorate to be allowed to "freely exercise their franchise".

"Let the ballot paper speak," he added.

President Mahama said Ghana had reached another critical stage in its democratic journey and expressed the hope that God would once again grant the country peaceful elections.