Speaking at the Once-a-year Convention of the Ghana Bar Association, albeit through digital suggests, on Monday, 14th September 2020, President Akufo-Addo discussed that from 1992 to date, the carry out of the country’s elections has progressed drastically.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the current multiplicity of media organisations and the electric power of social media, the existence of transparent ballot bins, the decentralized character of tallying and tabulation, and the manner of voter verification has engendered raising have confidence in and self confidence by the citizenry in the approach of electing their leaders.
Collectively with the compilation of a new voters’ register, forward of the perform of the December 2020 elections, the President stated that “all of these increased processes have strengthened the cohesion of the nation. They have also repudiated as fallacious the contentions expressed at several situations of our background that democratic governance would breed instability and ethnic conflict.”
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He ongoing: “There have basically been those people who went as far as to condition that democracy was inherently alien to our lifestyle and social make-up. The continuing achievements of the 4th Republic supplies the most successful response to this regrettable viewpoint.”
With electoral disputes wreaking havoc in some African international locations, President Akufo-Addo said that Ghana has been spared these types of incidents, adding that “we have the fantastic perception of the Ghanaian individuals to thank for this, and we must continue to act as checks and balances for a single an additional.”
Even so, the President observed that Ghanaians can’t and have to not consider this excellent fortune for granted, urging all candidates, voters, and citizens to conduct “ourselves in a way that keeps us jointly as one particular people, irrespective of our ethnic, religious, gender or political discrepancies and affiliations. The Ghana Undertaking simply cannot pay for ethnic agitations and sectarian pronouncements.”
The President was of the perception that the urgent obstacle for Ghana is negotiating satisfactorily the interface amongst elections and democratic governance, institution-constructing and advancement, poverty, work opportunities, and financial advancement, with the overriding objective remaining to enrich the dignity of the Ghanaian.
“There are numerous examples of nations close to the globe wherever that stable time period of constitutional governing administration and intelligent administration of the financial state led to normal prosperity. We, in Ghana, can profitably emulate them, for we can make it if we perform at it,” he additional.
President Akufo-Addo expressed his delight at the actuality that “the political class and stakeholders have agreed upon the requirement, in the face of the pandemic, to keep the December standard elections as scheduled to bolster the evolution of our constitutional purchase, and retain the lifestyle the place the govt and legislative authority are exercised in the 4th Republic only by duly elected officials. Ghanaian democracy will be more robust for that shared dedication.”
He reassured customers of the Bar Association that his Federal government is making unstinting endeavours to guarantee the peace and balance of the nation, as Ghana enters the final three (3) months of the electioneering campaign.
“Ghana has rightly earned a standing as the pacesetter in democratic governance on the continent, a standing I am determined to uphold, and, in fact, greatly enhance prior to, through and just after the 7th December elections,” the President confident.
To this finish, he appealed for the co-procedure and guidance of all citizens, in particular associates of the Bar Association, stating that “we have all to perform together to develop the surroundings that will make it possible for the Ghanaian folks to make their final decision on 7th December in independence, peace, and security. It is their ideal.”
In concluding, the President included that “when my time is up, ideally, soon after 4 additional several years, I want to hand over to my successor and the sovereign individuals of Ghana, a place that is greater, fairer, more robust, more cohesive, much more prosperous and much more united than I met it in 2017. This is the solemn endeavor to which I have committed myself.”