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27.06.2008 General News

US Ambassador Positive About Conduct Of Elections

By Lawrence Kwesi Akpalu - newtimesonline.com
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MS Pamela Bridgewater, outgoing United States Ambassador to Ghana, says she is confident that Ghana’s elections in December will be free, fair and transparent.

She however stressed that the polls should be conducted in a manner so as not to deny any eligible voter his or her franchise, a situation, she said promotes post-election violence.

The ambassador expressed the optimism on Wednesday when she hosted the media at a farewell roundtable in Accra.

The meeting was also to enable her to thank the Ghanaian media for the collaboration with the US on issues of mutual concern, especially her working relations with them.

Ms Bridgewater said post-election conflicts across the continent are of great concern to the US government and prayed that Ghana’s electoral process would change Africa’s face of elections.

She announced that the US government has set up a fund to organise seminars for the media in Ghana on accurate pre-and post-election media reportage.

'Part of the fund will also be used to sponsor international observers into the country,' he said.

The ambassador pointed out that the end result of an election is to make sure that the people live in peace and go about their normal duties without any hindrance.

She appealed to the electorate to critically examine issues raised by politicians in their debates to enable them to make informed choices as to who should govern them.

Ms Bridgewater urged the media to constantly put out accurate information to entrench democracy and democratic institutions.

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