US Embassy Speaks On NPP/NDC Clash…Threaten To Revoke Or Deny Visas

The United States Embassy in Ghana says it will not hesitate to “consider” the option of “denying and revoking visas” to Ghanaians who incite political violence.

Whiles acknowledging that campaigns can “be vigorous and sometimes contentious” the Embassy voiced out its condemnation of “political violence in Ghana, especially any violent acts directed at political candidates, their homes or families“.

It has therefore called on all political “actors to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process.”

In a statement issued hours after a clash between some supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), in front of the Nima residence the NPP Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, during a health walk organised by the former, the US Embassy, whiles touting the country’s tradition of peaceful, democratic elections, pointed out that “the government of the United States does not support a particular candidate or a particular party. We support democracy.

In the period leading up to and following Ghana’s elections on December 7, we call on all actors to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process. We encourage all parties to make it clear to their constituents that any violence or attempts to use intimidation to disrupt the democratic process is unacceptable.

The United States will consider all options to hold responsible those who incite political violence, including denying or revoking visas,” the statement partly read.

Read the full statement below

STATEMENT ON THE PEACEFUL ELECTORAL PROCESS IN GHANA

ACCRA, GHANAThe United States condemns all political violence in Ghana, especially any violent acts directed at political candidates, their homes or families. While campaigns can be vigorous and sometimes contentious, violence has no place in the electoral process.

In the period leading up to and following Ghana’s elections on December 7, we call on all actors to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process. We encourage all parties to make it clear to their constituents that any violence or attempts to use intimidation to disrupt the democratic process is unacceptable.

The United States will consider all options to hold responsible those who incite political violence, including denying or revoking visas. The United States applauds Ghana’s tradition of peaceful, democratic elections.

The international community is working with the Electoral Commission, National and Regional Peace Councils, NGOs, civil society organizations, the media, the police and others to support Ghana’s efforts to hold credible and nonviolent presidential elections. We urge all to participate peacefully in the democratic process—before, during and after Election Day.

The government of the United States does not support a particular candidate or a particular party. We support democracy. We will continue to work with the freely elected government of Ghana, just as we always have.

By :    ASANTE OKYERE BISMARK