He said the country risks losing the respect of the international community with the country degenerate into violence after the 2016 election.
He said the country risks losing the respect of the international community should the country degenerate into violence after the 2016 election.
President Mahama, who is seeking a second term, said the world holds Ghana high in democracy and rule of law.
President Mahama was addressing the chiefs and people of Dzodzde in the Volta Region to mark the Deza festival.
He pledged to ensure that there is peace before, during and after the election.
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"As president and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Ghana, I ma going to ensure that peace prevails before, during and after the election.
"But all citizens also have a role to play in order that Ghana continues to be identified as the model of democracy in Africa.
"We are respected in the international community and we must not do anything to jeopardize the respect with which we are accorded in the international community.