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Some key institutions becoming institutions of dubious integrity – Afari-Gyan

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Former Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has expressed concern about the deterioration of critical institutions in Ghana.

Dr. Afari-Gyan expressed worry about the influence of corruption on the nation’s economic environment, particularly within the public sector and public life, during the Constitution Day Public Lecture on January 8, 2024.

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Regrettably, he noted that several critical institutions are gradually losing credibility, citing examples of political candidates, particularly those facing election defeat, casting doubt on the democratic process by alleging fraud and rejecting the results.

“Unfortunately, some of our key institutions are becoming institutions of dubious integrity. Increasingly candidates who lose elections, are alleging manipulation and refusing to accept the result,” he stated.

He underlined the critical need of instilling democratic principles across society, emphasizing that the absence of consistency in social life serves as a deterrent to correct behavior.

Candidates contesting election outcomes, he continued, worsen the erosion of trust in democratic ideals.

“By and large, we have not been able to diffuse the principles of democratic behaviour widely into our society. And there is a general lack of predictability in social life which is a disincentive to proper behaviour,” he added,

Dr. Afari-Gyan urged joint action to address these concerns, emphasizing the critical role of important institutions in safeguarding the integrity of the democratic process. To build a more responsible society, he recommended a commitment to openness and responsibility.

While accepting requests for a constitutional review to address these challenges, Dr. Afari-Gyan warned against needless constitutional meddling.

He stressed that any amendments should be made judiciously, aligning with the need to bolster democratic values and institutions in Ghana.

 

 

 

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