The Switzerland Ambassador to Ghana, Philipp Stalder has advised electorates to exercise their franchise in the upcoming polls in full decorum in order to avert the effects of post-electoral deficits.
According to him, the processes of the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December 7, 2020, must reflect the provisions of democratic principles as practiced in Ghana over the years.
He believes Ghanaians in previous elections, have adhered to the principles of fairness and transparency, thus this year should be no different.
While addressing the media at a press conference at the Switzerland Embassy in Ghana, February 25, 2020, Philipp Stalder said; “The elections in my view should reflect the very good track record of Ghana as being the democratic country where elections take place freely and fairly.”
Still on the elections, Mr Stalder expressed optimism that the 2020 polls will be as successful as it has always been. He said, “I have no doubt to think that this year we will have again, fair and free elections… there should be no violence, there should be freedom of press, freedom of expression which is fully the case in Ghana, so that everybody will have free and fair votes…”
The ambassador, on the back of the elections, also announced president Akufo-Addo’s official visit to his home country which forms part measures to strengthen Ghana’s bilateral relations with Switzerland.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the invitation of his Switz counterpart, Her Excellency Simonetta Sommaruga will on February 28-29 pay a state visit to the country.
The visit is a reciprocal one paid to Ghana, in July 2017, by the 91st President of the Swiss Confederation, Her Excellency Doris Leuthard, who was the first European leader to visit Ghana in the Akufo-Addo presidency.