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Elections 2024: NPP Will Hand Over Power Peacefully – Interior Minister

Mr. Quartey gave a firm assurance that if Ghanaians choose to entrust a different party with the leadership of the country in the upcoming Presidential elections, the NPP will hand over power to the winning party, ensuring a peaceful and democratic transition.

As the opposition NDC expresses increasing concern about a peaceful handover of power, the Interior Minister, Henry Quartey, in a press conference on May 15, 2024, reassured the public that the governing NPP remains committed to upholding democratic principles and ensuring a peaceful transition of power if they lose the December 7, 2024 election.

In an earlier press conference on May 9, 2024, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Asiedu Nketia called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to transfer power peacefully in their own interest if they lose the December 7 Presidential election.

However, Mr. Quartey reaffirmed the NPP’s commitment to upholding peace highlighting the party’s continued commitment to democratic governance, exuding hope that the NPP will be retained in power.

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“As a politician, as a political party, it is our hope, it is our wish, it is our belief that by the grace of God, the good people of this country, the good work that we have done in infrastructure and in other interventions, they will give us another mandate,” he stated.

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Mr Quartey also gave a firm assurance that if Ghanaians choose to entrust a different party with the leadership of the country in the upcoming Presidential elections, the NPP will hand over power to the winning party, ensuring a peaceful and democratic transition.

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“Perish the thought, and I say again, perish the thought, if they decide to give their mandate to somebody else, we will hand over peacefully and walk away, go to the drawing board and come back, Insha Allah. But I know that the grace of God abounds, and so we shall break the 8,” he added.

Furthermore, the Minister issued a strong warning against any form of electoral violence, making it clear that any individual or group found to be engaging in violence before, during, or after the elections will face the full force of the law, without exception or regard to political party affiliation.

“Let me sound the warning again. You know my track record, I walk my talk. Anybody who goes to do something other than what is prescribed, we will do our best to ensure that the law will take its course and the court of competent jurisdiction will do its work,” he cautioned.

The Interior Minister further clarified that law enforcement agencies would carry out their duties without political interference or motivation, focusing solely on preventing and addressing electoral violence and maintaining public order, rather than pursuing political agendas.

“May I sound this warning that it will not be political vindictiveness. If anybody commits, whoever the person is, we shall ensure that the law will take its course,” he warned.

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