UK gives stamp of approval to Ghana's democracy

2016-04-21 15:04


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Accra - The UK has given Ghana the thumbs-up for the development of democratic values over the years, Ghana web reports.

The UK, which has been one of Ghana’s main funders for electoral education, said they would be stopping the funding after this year’s elections, as the West African country's democracy had matured over the years. 

Ghana was expected to hold presidential elections on November 7, with incumbent President John Dramani Mahama seeking a second term.

Speaking during the handover of a £4m grant, UK Minister for International Development Desmond Swayn said Ghana's democracy had matured over the years and did not need financial support from the UK to sustain the solid foundation it had established.

The aid from the UK government came on the back of a $4.5m grant from the United States to support the upcoming elections.

US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, made the announcement while hosting journalists, as he marked his 90 days in the west African country on Wednesday.

Jackson said that one-third of the money would go towards the country’s electoral commission strategic communication and provide other support for the commission's educating voters and making people aware of the practicalities of voting.

He added that another portion of the money would go towards the country's Peace Commission (National Peace Council).

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