July 19, 2024
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Ghana’s electoral system is very credible ~ Akufo-Addo

Despite misgivings by some political and social actors about the Electoral Commission, President Akufo-Addo is affirming his confidence in the institution.

According to him, Ghana’s electoral system has evolved over the years to become reliable. 

Speaking on Democracy and Security in West Africa at the United States Institute of Peace’s Programme on Governance and Peace, President Akufo-Addo said democracy despite its imperfections remains the best tool to fight injustice in the governance system.

“We have in this period, experienced through the ballot box the transfer of power from one ruling political party to another on three different occasions in conditions of peace and stability without threatening the foundations of the state,” he said.

“If I were pressed, will mention in particular the election process as the greatest source of potential instability,” he added.

This, he explains, is because the trigger for many wars and disputes around the continent can be traced to dissatisfaction with the conduct of elections.

He added that even though Ghanaians have experienced troubles with elections, “we have a reliable electoral system which is systematically improving and deserving of the growing confidence of the people.”

President Akufo-Addo, however, pointed out that activities of terrorists operating in the coastal areas of West Africa remain a danger to the stability of the entire region.

He wants the United States as well as the United Kingdom and the European Union to extend financial and logistical support given to Ukraine to fight Russian aggression to ECOWAS to defeat the insurgence.

With the right amount of support to ECOWAS, he was certain that the terrorists “can be chased out of West Africa and the Sahel too.

“Foreign troops would not have to be involved. West African troops can do the job. The Accra Initiative is a good example of indigenous self-help,” he stressed.

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