President John Dramani Mahama has declared that there will be no violence during and after next month’s general election in Ghana as the government has mapped out the appropriate strategies to ensure peace.

Speaking when he met the Bolgatanga Traditional Council as part of his campaign tour to Upper East Region (province), about 770 kilometres north of here, Sunday, he said voters should not entertain any fear and come out in numbers on Election Day on Dec 7 to exercise their constitutional rights.

“Elections are for the electorate to express their will and the constitution also spells out the procedure for redress and I see no reason why there should be violence. I am a man of peace as I have declared on several platforms,” he added.

President Mahama said stringent security measures had been put in place to deal with anybody or any group of people who would seek to foment violence. Security task forces had also been established in all the regions to provide security to the electorate at polling stations during voting.

President Mahama appealed to the country’s traditional rulers to join the crusade for peace by ensuring that this year’s election is conducted peacefully. He commended the Bolgatanga Traditional Council for working hard to settle chieftaincy concerns in the region, adding that government would help ensure law and order is maintained.

Voters will elect their president and members of Parliament on Dec 7. In the presidential election, President Mahama is seeking re-election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress party, His main rival in the four-man race is likely to be Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party.