Akufo-Addo lauds EC on ‘free, fair, transparent’ Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election

Lydia Syram Alhassan was declared winner of the by-election[/caption] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) on the conduct of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election, which elected wife of the deceased Member of Parliament, Emmanuel Kwabena Kyeremanteng Agyarko, to succeed him in Parliament.

While congratulating Lydia Syram Alhassan on her 69 per cent victory in the election, the president noted the EC displayed “professionalism” in the conduct of the election despite what he described as “the isolated challenge it faced”. “I commend the Electoral Commission for the professionalism it displayed in conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election, despite the isolated challenge it faced,” the president said in a statement issued Friday, February 1. He also used the opportunity to commend Ghanaians for their participation in the electoral process, stating it is a demonstration of their “deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law”. He emphasized “Ghana’s democracy is robust and will only grow from strength to strength”. Meanwhile, the president has also condemned some incidents of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, leaving about 18 people injured. He observed the act was unfortunate and should not have happened at an event which should have been “peaceful and happy”. The President added it is his expectation that perpetrators of the violence will be brought to book soon.
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Source: 3news.com|Ghana]]>