General News of Monday, 10 December 2012

Source: The Enquirer Newspaper

No need for court- AU observer mission

The Head of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) observer mission in this year’s elections, Mr Olusegun Obassanjo has expressed certainty that the outcome of the elections results is credible.

General Obasanjo who also has oversight responsibility for the African Union Monitoring Team has therefore advised the closest contenders not to go to court to contest the decision of the Electoral Commission because the elections were held in a free, fair and transparent atmosphere.

Speaking yesterday at a meeting with the President, Mr John Dramani Mahama at his residence Mr Obasanjo who is the former President of Nigeria commended both the opposition candidate and the government for participating in a peaceful exercise.

The ECOWAS and the AU, he pointed out is pleased to observe that Ghana has again conducted a peaceful electoral exercise, saying Senegal has also made Africa proud.

He nevertheless called on all the players not to engage in any acts of violence in the name of refusing the results when it is officially announced.

President Mahama, on his part, reaffirmed that the party he leads will continue to abide by the rules and will respect whatever results the Electoral Commissioner will declare.

He commended the ECOWAS and the AU monitoring team, stressing that there could not have been a better head of the monitoring team than General Obasanjo who he said has great experience in elections.

The President pledged to make Ghana a country of eminent nations to uphold the peace and security of it people at all times.