Christians in Ghana Seek God’s Intervention ahead of National Election

Christians in Ghana praying.

Polls in Ghana closed Monday, December 7 evening against a backdrop of prayer requests from Christians on the eve of the general elections.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo requested the Christians to dedicate Sunday, December 6 Church service to pray for peaceful elections as the nation heads to the polls to elect a president and 275 parliamentarians.

“This request is in line with the President’ belief that we are all of the Lord’s and notwithstanding the fact that all arrangements necessary for peaceful polls have been made, the intervention of the Almighty is still absolutely crucial,” President Akufo-Addo said in the December 5 statement that was issued by Ghana’s Ministry of Information.

Following the request, some Clerics in the West African country have, in their homilies and peace messages, admonished eligible voters to perform their civic duties devoid of violence.

“Ghana is the only home we have and we cannot afford to toy with the peace we have been enjoying over the years,” said Fr. Nimorious Kwabena Domanzing in his homily during Holy Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Ashaley Botwe Parish of Ghana’s Archdiocese of Accra.


Fr. Kwabena added, “As a missionary Priest, I have lived and seen war in La Cote d’Ivoire and Central African Republic. It is not a pleasant thing. If we want peace and development as a country, then we need to watch what we say.”

In his homily, the Ghanaian Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi assured the electorates that God is already at the centre of the December 7 election, saying, “The election is already conducted by God Himself who has already chosen a leader for us in a peaceful manner.”

The member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) urged Ghanaians not to allow politicians to manipulate them in elections by enticing them with money.

“Go out and cast your votes, return home and pray for peaceful elections. Do not stand at the polling station to cause trouble,” he advised.

In a message to Ghanaians especially the youth, the Diocesan Methodist Bishop for Accra, Samuel K. Osabutey, urged young people to desist from violence before, during, and after the elections.

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“Do not sell their conscience due to poverty to cause mayhem during the elections,” he advised young people of the west African country.

As a long standing tradition, the Flag Bearers of the two main political parties, President Akufo-Addo and Mr. John Dramani Mahama signed a peace pact in a bid to commit them and their supporters to non-violence, resort to judicial process to seek redress in case of disputes and work towards eradicating vigilantism.

The December 4 signing ceremony in Accra spearheaded by Ghana’s National Peace Council, was a move to signify a commitment to non-violence during and after the polls.

“We believe that once this is done, it is going to tone down some of the tension that we are seeing,” the Chairman of NPC, Dr. Ernest Adu Gyamfi said.

Speaking at the ceremony, the incumbent President Akufo-Addo echoed his party’s commitment to ensure peace during and after the elections and pledged to accept the verdict of the people of Ghana.


He said that the primary consideration of his party is the peace, unity and the safety of the country.

On his part, Mr. Mahama also expressed his commitment to ensuring a peaceful election, but noted that recent events have given many anxious moments of doubt about the government’s ability to deliver a peaceful violence-free election.

About 17 million Ghanaian eligible voters were expected to cast their votes on December 7 to elect a President in a context that has been described as a two-horse presidential poll, reviving old rivalries between President Akufo-Addo who is the incumbent and his predecessor, John Mahama.