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Ghana’s major presidential candidates sign peace pact ahead of polls

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The two leading candidates in Ghana’s Presidential election on December 7 have signed a peace pact at a ceremony in the capital, Accra.

The incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and opposition leader and former president John Mahama committed to a peaceful election in an event that was broadcast live on national television.

Both leading candidates will be going head to head for the third time in a presidential election.

In 2012, former president John Mahama beat the President Akufo-Addo but the current president was successful in the 2016 election when they both contested again.

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Organizers of the peace pact event are hoping it encourages supporters of the leading candidates for the election to eschew violence before, during and after the election.

More than 17 million registered voters will not only be voting for a new president on Monday but choosing 275 lawmakers as well.

A winner in the presidential election would have to secure more than 50 percent of the total votes.

If none of the presidential candidates in the election secures more than 50 percent of votes, a run-off will take place later this month.




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