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‘Our constitution is imperfect but democratic governance has served us well’ – Mahama

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Former President John Mahama claims that, while the country’s constitution is flawed, democratic administration has served Ghanaians well and provided optimism for long-term improvement.

He made the remarks in a statement delivered on Sunday, January 7, to mark Ghana’s 31st year of democratic governance.

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Mr. Mahama praised the previous and late National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Evans Atta Mills, for their contributions to the development of the constitution and for establishing a committee to examine it.

He committed to continue the constitutional review, which had been hampered by legal issues.

“I regret the legal obstacles that hindered the Constitution Review Implementation Committee from implementing the Government White Paper on the recommendations of the Commission. On this auspicious occasion, as leader of the National Democratic Congress, I wish to reiterate my commitment to continue the various processes towards implementing the white paper, if elected President in December 2024, focusing on strengthening governance institutions, protecting citizens’ rights, and fighting corruption,” he said.

The NDC’s presidential candidate for 2024 claimed that constitutional revisions will focus on restricting the powers assigned to the President, which has resulted in the politicization of state institutions.

Mr. Mahama urged the current administration to avoid steps that may undermine democracy.

The former president remarked that the employment of thugs during the 2020 election resulted in the deaths of people and demanded that the offenders be arrested.

“The perpetrators of these murders continue to walk as free men and still hold on to positions of authority and power. This government must appreciate that they have an obligation to guarantee peaceful elections this year, and the loss of even one Ghanaian life will not be countenanced.”

Mr. Mahama urged Ghanaians to remain cautious throughout the election to prevent any party from cheating.

 

 

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