Ghana’s electoral commission has called for peace during and after Monday’s general election.
Polls have opened in the West African country for what could be a tight race between the two major parties, with President Nana Akufo-Addo aiming to beat former president John Mahama in their third head-to-head.
More than 17 million Ghanaians are eligible to vote in the elections where 11 candidates are in the race to unseat President Akufo-Addo.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana, in a tweet, urged voters to be agents of peace, saying, “We urge all citizens to abide by the law and conduct themselves in a manner that ensures peace reigns during and after the 2020 General Election. Be an agent of peace while exercising your civic responsibility.”
Ghana is considered as one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. It’s the country’s eighth election since the return of multiparty democracy in 1992.
Polls opened at 07:00 local time and are expected to close at 17:00.
Previous elections had been marred by clashes instigated by vigilantes hired by politicians, but a law passed last year banned vigilantism making it punishable by a 10-year minimum jail term.
Covid-19 protocols are expected to be strictly enforced. Those not wearing face masks will not be allowed to vote. People have also been advised to return home after casting their ballots
Ghana has had five presidents since 1992 and three hand-overs of power.