Former President John Mahama says that although the nation's constitution is imperfect, democratic governance has served Ghanaians well and offered ho
Former President John Mahama says that although the nation’s constitution is imperfect, democratic governance has served Ghanaians well and offered hope for sustained progress.
He said this in a statement issued on Sunday, January 7, to commemorate the 31 years of democratic rule in Ghana.
“The occasion of this anniversary offers yet another opportunity for collective reflection on where we have faltered and how we can consolidate whatever gains we have made. True democracy goes beyond elections; it should improve governance, enhance individual freedoms, and, most importantly, ensure a decent quality of life for citizens.”
Mr. Mahama recognised the contributions of the former and late National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Evans Atta Mills in the establishment of the constitution and setting up a commission to review the constitution.
He promised to continue with the constitutional review, which was hindered by legal reasons.
“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 flagbearer for the 2024 general elections stated that the constitutional reforms would focus on limiting the powers granted to the President, which has led to the politicization of state institutions.
Mr. Mahama advised the ruling government to refrain from actions that undermine democracy.
The former president stated that the use of thugs during the 2020 election led to the deaths of people and called on the government to arrest the perpetrators.
“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 called on Ghanaians to be vigilant during the election to ensure there is no cheating by any party in the election.