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N°: 341/2012
6 December 2012 [Accra - Ghana]


	Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who is at the head of the 
250-member ECOWAS observer mission to Ghana’s 7th December 2012 presidential 
and legislative elections  on Wednesday, 5th December 2012 continued his 
stakeholder consultations with meetings with officials of the country’s three 
political parties, the National Electoral Commission and security agencies.

Chief Obasanjo used the opportunity of the separate meetings with officials of 
the ruling National Peoples Party (NPP) and two opposition parties – the 
National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) of 
Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to appeal for calm, civil conduct 
and a peaceful atmosphere for successful polling on Friday.

The former leader, who was accompanied by ECOWAS and African Union officials, 
also visited the Ghana Police Headquarters where they met with the Inspector-
General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, who is also chair of the National 
Elections Security Task Force, which groups representatives of the country’s 
security services.

The Inspector-General informed him that more than 41,000 security agents, 
including 30,000 police personnel, would be deployed to provide security on 
polling day.

According to the IGP, the security arrangement on the ground takes into 
account the identified and possible flash-points as well as a contingency plan 
to handle any eventuality, including through rapid deployment of forces.

At the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission the chairman, Dr. 
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, assured Chief Obasanjo that the Commission has taken all 
necessary measures to ensure successful polling on Friday.

“I can tell you that we are ready at the Commission,” he affirmed, adding that 
the special voting on Tuesday by electoral officials and security personnel 
that will be on duty on Friday had reinforced the readiness and confidence of 
the Commission in the biometric system, being used in Ghana for the first time.

The Chairman explained that security officials who were unable to vote on 
Tuesday would be given priority attention to cast their ballots on Friday and 
return to their duty posts.

On Tuesday, Chief Obasanjo met with officials of the National Peace Council, 
the Chief Justice of Ghana, Justice Theodora Wood, and the country’s two 
former Presidents, John Kufuor and J.J. Rawlings, whose rival political 
parties are fielding the two frontrunners in the presidential race.

Fridays polls, the sixth consecutive general elections in Ghana marked by 
three peaceful alternations of power among the country’s political parties 
since 1992, will enable Ghanaians elect a president from among eight 
candidates, including one independent, and several hundreds of contenders for 
the country’s 275-seat Parliament.

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