“This is our country, it belongs firstly to everyone of Ghanaian origins, lineage, and ancestry, and secondly to those we are blessed to share it with. It is therefore very important to me that Ghanaians headed to the polls in the 2020 general elections to remember that this country is bigger than any candidate.”
These are the words of His Royal Majesty (HRM) King Adamtey I who is also the Suapolor of the Se (Shai) State of Ghana where he is also known as Drolor Bosso Adamtey I. He said them to TheAfricanDream.net while sharing his opinion about the upcoming December 7, 2020, general elections of Ghana.
“We are a beacon of democracy, a great model for Africa, and I trust Ghanaians to build upon and improve this prestigious status we’ve come to enjoy. The onus however falls on every Ghanaian voting to adhere to the democratic principles we’ve all come to familiarize ourselves with — the world will be watching us — let’s do this for God and country.” — HRM King Adamtey I.
A King calls a nation to peaceful elections
The King who added his voice to the calls for free and fair elections in Ghana also encouraged Ghanaians to vote across the board for the kind of leadership that will be devoted to the development of Ghana, right up from the presidential to parliamentary elections.
“I am so blessed to be born Ghanaian and think it is important to do whatever I can to participate in and help to secure the development and strengthening of this country’s democracy,” said HRM King Adamtey I to TheAfricanDream.net, continuing that, “…Being Ghanaian is not only a blessing, but also a responsibility, to our kids and the unborn generations. We must ensure that we are leaving behind a country better than the one we found, by protecting Ghana’s peaceful nature and fostering her economic growth.“
HRM King Adamtey praised the youths of Ghana for being among the great protectors of the peace the country enjoys. He also asked all candidates to accept the results of the elections once they are officially declared by the Electoral Commission, saying that “the office of the president is bigger than any occupant, which is why its occupants are there in service of the people, so in a way, they must become servant leaders as a president.” Follow HRM King Adamtey I on Instagram as @kingadamtey.
About elections 2020 in Ghana
There will be some 12 candidates vying for the office of president in Ghana, prominent among them are former president John Mahama who was confirmed in February 2019 as the candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Mahama’s running mate is Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the first-ever woman vice-presidential candidate of any major political party in the history of Ghana. NDC’s Mrs. Opoku-Agyemang was chosen on July 6, 2020.
Incumbent president Nana Akufo-Addo also running for re-election as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, he was chosen as the NPP’s presidential candidate alongside current vice-president Mahamudu Bawumia as his running mate. Both Mahama and Akufo-Addo previously ran against each other in two prior elections in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
The President of Ghana is elected into office with the two-round system. 275 parliamentarians of Ghana are however elected in single-member constituencies into office using the first-past-the-post voting system. For updates on Ghana’s 2020 general elections which is the 7th in the history of Ghana’s democracy, visit www.ec.gov.gh for info.
Written by Oral Ofori