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Tue, Aug

US condemns political violence in Ghana

Robert Porter Jackson - US Ambassador to Ghana

The United States of America (USA) has condemned all political violence in Ghana, especially any violent acts directed at political candidates, their homes or families.

A statement from the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the USA in Accra, noted that while campaigns could be vigorous and sometimes contentious, “violence has no place in the electoral process.”

It said in the period leading to and following Ghana’s elections on December 7, the USA called on all actors to remain peaceful and respect the democratic processes.

“We encourage all political parties to make it clear to their constituents that any violence or attempts to use intimidation to disrupt the democratic process is unacceptable,” it said.

The statement said the USA would consider all options to hold responsible those who incited political violence, including denying or revoking visas.

It said the USA applauded Ghana’s tradition of peaceful, democratic elections.

According to the statement, the international community was working with the Electoral Commission (EC), the National and Regional Peace Councils, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, the media, the police and others to support Ghana’s efforts to hold credible and nonviolent presidential elections.

“We urge all to participate peacefully in the democratic process – before, during and after the election day,” it said.

The statement said the government of the USA did not support a particular candidate or a particular party, but rather supported democracy.

It said the USA would continue to work with the freely elected government of Ghana, just as it had done always.