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All is not well with our democracy – Afari-Gyan

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Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, a former Chairman of the Electoral Commission, has raised grave worries about Ghana’s democracy, citing unfulfilled pledges and rampant vote-buying.

He emphasized the critical importance of remedial actions, claiming that the country is regressing in its democratic path.

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Dr. Afari-Gyan emphasized the pervasiveness of election fraud, with politicians prioritizing hollow promises over actual initiatives.

“In days gone by, whatever vote buying or selling there was took place in secrecy. It’s not so these days. What we have now looks like an open market where candidates can freely buy votes and citizens can freely sell their votes in broad daylight while we all look on seemingly unconcerned.”

“It is a shameful spectacle because vote buying and vote selling are unlawful,” he stated.

Speaking at the Constitution Day Public Lecture on Monday, January 8, he cautioned that Ghana is on a dangerous road, and that voters may soon lose trust in political integrity, putting the democratic process in jeopardy.

As a result, he emphasized the need of Ghanaians demanding more from their leaders and actively participating in defending the foundations that underlie a healthy democracy.

His harsh appraisal is a rallying call for citizens to take a proactive stance in shaping the future of Ghana’s democratic landscape.

 

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