The president said this at a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carol held at the forecourt of the Jubilee House in Accra.
“As we enter a new year in which the nation is going to conduct a general election so that our people can choose the person or persons they want to manage the affairs of the nation on their behalf, we have a responsibility to ensure that we put our best foot forward beginning with the people in this house.
“We will be conducting the 8th general election of our history in the fourth republic. We have to ensure that it is peaceful and orderly so that our people can make their choice in freedom and peace.
“I am very optimistic that that will be the case and that the reputation of our nation as a beacon of democracy will be further strengthened,” the president said.
The festival was attended by staff of the Jubilee House, government officials and some invited guests.
Selected persons including students, heads of state institutions, officials of Civil Society Organizations and others did the reading of the nine lessons with president Akufo-Addo reading the ninth and final lesson.
The Carols service was officiated by Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, of the Christ the King Church and Canon Samuel Lamptey, of the Accra Ridge Church.
The Harmonious Chorale, Winneba Youth Choir and the Ridge Church Youth Choir provided music during the service.