Thabo Mbeki commends the people of Ghana for a peaceful election

Thabo Mbeki commends the people of Ghana for a peaceful election

Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, who arrived in Ghana last month to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group, has commended the Ghanaian public on conducting a civil and peaceful elections.

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Thabo Mbeki commends the people of Ghana for a peaceful election

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Speaking to the press on Friday, December 9th, the former South African President also commended the National Peace Council for its efforts at ensuring the reign of peace during the election period, considering the ferocity of the campaigns.

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He said: "The campaigns were highly competitive and closely fought between, especially, the leading political parties. The local Peace Council and its partners are to be commended for bringing together the presidential candidates to sign a peace pact known as the Accra Declaration on the 1st of December."

Speaking on the issue of the media, President Mbeki acknowledged that freedom of speech is enshrined in the Ghanaian constitution, but touched on the issue of inaccurate reportage by both public and private media houses. President Mbeki stated that the lack of regulation has led to unsubstantiated claims and counter claims by some reporters, and that it was a growing concern.

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However, President Mbeki commended members of the Ghanaian media for their coverage of the 2016 general elections.

He said: "Overall however, it was found that journalists acted resposibly, and that the media was balanced in its coverage."

Thabo Mbeki commends the people of Ghana for a peaceful election

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