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Concerned Ghanaians to demonstrate in Washington D.C. Friday
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Dorcas Efe Mensah          Published On: March 13, 2013, 23:57 GMT
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Concerned Ghanaians to demonstrate in Washington D.C. Friday
A group calling itself Concerned Ghanaians, who are residents of the United States, will hit the streets of Washington D.C. Friday.

The event, themed: “Don’t Make Mockery of Ghana’s Democracy, Let My Vote Count”, will begin from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EST.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the legitimacy of Ghana’s president at the Supreme Court, insisting the 2012 polls were rigged in favour of Mr Mahama. Several rallies have been staged by the “Let My Vote Count Alliance”, a pro-NPP group ever since the court proceedings began.

A statement released Wednesday night by the Concerned Ghanaians, said “We would like to remind the general public that, the planned demonstration by Concerned Ghanaians resident in the USA is coming-off tomorrow, Friday, March 15, 2013 – as scheduled.

The demonstration, which is expected to attract Ghanaians from a number of states in America, will take place at Lafayette Park, North East Quadrant and the White House Sidewalk.

The group however encouraged “more others who have not yet made up their mind to come out in their numbers and show solidarity in defending and shaping the democratic tenets in our country – now, and in the future”.

According to the statement, the demonstration is to “bring awareness to our partners and the larger international community the impending electoral challenge of the 2012 elections at the Supreme Court of Ghana”.

“To inform the international community that the court case has the potential of setting a democratic path for most African countries and their leaders regarding resolution of electoral irregularities and disputes in courts, instead of resorting to conflicts which may bring Ghana to the brink of civil strife and violence.

“To ask the international community to (show) adequate interest in the case and ensure that the judicial processes meet international legal standards.”

The statement further revealed that the planned demonstration is to “assure and inform the Justices of the Ghana Supreme Court to adjudicate the case in the fairness of manner without fear for their lives and/or that of their families”.

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