Ghana parties in 'peace match' ahead of supreme court rulingBy XINHUA | Wednesday, August 28 2013 at 16:56
Ghana's political parties played a football match with former national football team players on Tuesday to pledge peace and unity before the Supreme Court makes on Thursday the final verdict on the 2012 presidential election petition.
More than 40 members from at least seven political parties, including the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) participated in the "Political Tolerance Soccer Gala".
Despite of the great disparity, the two teams still won applause for the professional players and the politicians at the Accra Sports Stadium.
"We are here because every one of us believes in peace and peace building. Our same dream is a stable, united, peaceful, Ghana to move forward and showcase democracy for Africa," NDC's national chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei told news agency Xinhua.
"This football game is to send a signal to the whole world that we can live in peace. We can also contest one another in politics and still be peacefully," said Hassan Ayariga, the flag bearer of the People's National Convention (PNC).
In December, the presidential election was held peacefully and led to the swearing in of President John Dramani Mahama. But the NPP went to court seeking to overturn the declaration of the Electoral Commission for what it claimed irregularities and the breaking of the law during the election.
After four months of hearings, the Supreme Court has set Thursday for its final judgement.
As there have been concern among citizens that violence could occur after the court's verdict, Ghanaian authorities said the security agencies had been fully prepared for the task ahead and were ready to protect life and property during and after the ruling.
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