As part of the Mission’s commitment to deepen engagement with the Ghanaian Diaspora in Canada, the Ghana High Commission in Canada organised two briefing sessions on the process and outcome of the elections in Ghana which were conducted on December 7, 2017. In two separate events, held in Ottawa and Toronto on December 28, 2016 and January 7, 2017, the out-going High Commissioner His Excellency Dr. Sulley Gariba spoke of the elections as setting a high and enviable standard for future democratic processes in Africa and in deed, the whole world. Dr. Sulley Gariba indicated that All parties and international observers agreed that the Ghanaian Electoral Commission performed credibly, as did the contesting parties. He added that Overall, the security agencies acted with restraint and utmost professionalism.
He further noted that for the first time, Ghana’s transition process of power was guided by the new Presidential Transition Act, 2012, ACT 845, which provides the legal basis to establish arrangements for the political transfer of administration from one democratically elected President, to another democratically elected President. He explained that the implementation of the new Act has brought significant improvement in the process of transferring power as compared to the previous transitions which were characterized by uncertainties, suspicion and lack of clarity. On their part, the Diaspora leaders commended the out-going High Commissioner for hosting the briefing sessions, which to them, was the appropriate and formal channel to convey to the Ghanaian Diaspora the outcome of the general elections. Present at the meetings were the leaders of the Ghanaian Associations in Ottawa and Toronto, as well as cross sections of Ghanaians in Canada.