Ghana’s polls will be peaceful – Mahama

Ghana’s president John Mahama is optimistic the upcoming general elections will be peaceful, despite the turbulence on the political scene.

According to him, the political rhetoric is “normal” and can assure of a smooth presidential and parliamentary elections on November 7.

“We are in an election year and of course there is a lot of political rhetoric and you should know that it’s normal. In election year, a lot of the political argumentation and debates heightens a bit but I can assure you that we will have a peaceful and successful elections and Ghana will continue to be the beacon of democracy in Africa,” Mahama told the Ghanaian community in the Iranian capital Tehran.

He was also optimistic that the Electoral Commission is well equipped for the exercise ahead.

“…They’ve released the calendar and the unique thing about the election is that it’s been pulled forward to one month so instead of the first week of December, it will rather be in the first week of November.”

Mahama will be contesting his main rival Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party for the second time, having defeated him in the 2012 elections.