Following the election of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo to the highest office of the land, government together with the NPP will on Sunday outdoor a presidential transition team.

A statement signed by Minister of Communications Dr. Edward Omane Boamah said the team which includes seven members from government and nine others from the NPP will have both Mahama and Akufo-Addo as co-chairs.

Akufo-Addo, defeated incumbent President Mahama with 53.85% of the total votes cast. President Mahama however trailed behind with 44.40% thus truncating his second term bid.

Below is the full statement:

Further to the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845), President John Dramani Mahama has appointed the following as members of the Transition Team:

Julius Debrah- Chief of Staff

Marietta Brew Appiah Opong- Attorney General & Minister for Justice

Seth E. Terkper- Minister for Finance

Prosper Bani- Minister for the Interior

Dr. Benjamin Kunbour- Minister for Defence

Hanna S. Tetteh- Minister for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration

Alhaji Collins Dauda- Minister for Local Government & Rural Development

Representing the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo are:

Yaw Osafo Maafo- Representative of the President-elect

Frema Osei Opare- Head of the Staff of Office of the President-elect

Gloria Akuffo- Member responsible for Legal Affairs

Ken Ofori- Atta- Member responsible for Finance

Ambrose Dery- Member responsible for the Interior

Dominic Nitiwul- Member responsible for Defence

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey- Member responsible for Foreign Affairs

Hajia Alima Mahama- Member responsible for Local Government

Albert Kan Dapaah- Member responsible for National Security

In accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845), the following are statutory members of the Transition Team:

Head of the Civil Service

Head of the Local Government Service

Secretary to the Cabinet

National Security Coordinator

The Transition Team, which will be co-chaired by President John Dramani Mahama and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President-elect, will be inaugurated on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 5pm.



Statement on the Accra Declaration

We commend the presidential candidates and political parties of Ghana for coming together today to sign the Accra Declaration committing themselves to peaceful elections and the judicial resolution of election disputes. This demonstration of goodwill and shared commitment to peace further solidifies Ghana’s reputation as a thriving democracy.

The U.S. government remains committed to supporting Ghana’s electoral process. As Election Day approaches, we will continue to work with the Electoral Commission, National and Regional Peace Councils, NGOs, civil society organizations, the media and others to support Ghana’s efforts to hold credible and nonviolent elections. We encourage all parties to build on the positive tenor of today’s event. Likewise, we urge all Ghanaians to actively and peacefully participate in the democratic process�before, on and after Election Day.

No matter which candidate emerges as the victor, we look forward to joining with Ghanaians next week to celebrate Ghana’s seventh consecutive peaceful, transparent and credible elections.

Source: Embassy of the United States – Accra – Ghana.

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Peace Walks across all of Ghana

Civil society in Ghana has mobilised in large numbers to ensure that the 7th December elections will be fair and peaceful. Faith-based organisations, local NGOs, women’s groups, artists, sportspeople, and prominent Ghanaians have stood up to promote peace and solidarity in Ghana. This popular peace movement is not partisan and does not carry political messages � it is a celebration of democracy.

The Embassy of Denmark supports the work of the Christian Council of Ghana and the Office of the National Chief Imam. Together they are currently implementing the Interfaith Sensitisation Programme on Peace, where they reach out to the Ghanaian youth via different activities such as community/interfaith dialogues and Peace Walks. Dialogues and walks have been organised across five regions, including in Kumasi, Aflao, Wa, Bimbila, Tamale and Accra.

On Saturday 5th November, the Danish Ambassador, Tove Degnbol, and her husband Lars joined the Peace Walk in Tamale. The Peace Walk was a clear manifestation of the success of the preceding dialogues in the area � Several hundred young people had been reached through the dialogues and many of these chose to express their commitment to peace by showing up at 6 a.m. for the Peace Walk through Tamale. The atmosphere was very optimistic and key speakers at the event emphasised inclusiveness, solidarity and understanding: Christian participants said Muslim prayers and Muslims ‘praised the Lord’; the Regional Police Commissioner held a speech, urging everyone to avoid violent confrontations; participants wore t-shirts with both Christian and Muslim logos; and participants wearing NDC and NPP colours together.

In her speech after the walk, the Danish Ambassador commended the mutual understanding exhibited by the different faiths in Ghana, a situation that has ensured persons of various religious backgrounds are able to live peacefully within communities. She expressed optimism that religious cohesion and harmony prevalent in Ghanaian society shall be a major contributory factor to sustaining peace before, during, and after the elections. And she urged all youth members of the political parties to stay faithful to the promise of saying ‘YES TO PEACE’.

There will be a similar Peace Walk in Accra on the 26th November starting at 6 a.m. from Afrikiko near Flagstaff House.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

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