The CEO of Global Media Foundation,(GLOMEF) Raphael Godlove Ahenu, has underscored the need for addressing critical weaknesses in Ghana’s democracy to ensure its continued progress and sustainability.
In a statement marking this year’s constitutional day, Mr. Ahenu emphasized the challenges of corruption, electoral integrity, accountability and transparency, socioeconomic inequalities, human rights, and infrastructure and service delivery.
He stressed the importance of comprehensive reforms, effective anti-corruption measures, electoral transparency, enhanced governance accountability, inclusive policies, and infrastructure improvement to strengthen democratic institutions and promote social and economic development in Ghana.
Mr. Ahenu noted that while Ghana’s democracy has made significant strides, it still faces several weaknesses that need to be addressed.
He highlighted corruption as a significant challenge that undermines public trust in institutions, distorts the allocation of resources, and hampers economic development.
Addressing corruption through comprehensive reforms, effective anti-corruption measures, and the enforcement of existing laws is crucial for strengthening democratic governance.
On electoral integrity, Mr. Ahenu acknowledged Ghana’s history of successful elections but raised concerns about occasional irregularities, voter intimidation, and the misuse of state resources during campaigns.
He emphasized the importance of ensuring the independence and effectiveness of the electoral commission, as well as promoting transparency in the electoral process to uphold the integrity of elections.
Touching on accountability and transparency, he emphasized the need to enhance governance accountability and transparency at all levels. This includes holding public officials accountable for their actions, promoting access to information, and strengthening mechanisms for oversight and scrutiny of government activities.Regarding socioeconomic inequalities, Mr. Ahenu highlighted persistent disparities in access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities as a challenge to Ghana’s democracy.
He emphasized the essential role of inclusive policies, poverty reduction programs, and targeted interventions in addressing these disparities to ensure that the benefits of democracy are equitably distributed.
On human rights, Mr. Ahenu recognized Ghana’s progress in upholding human rights but expressed concerns about issues such as police brutality, freedom of the press, and the rights of marginalized groups.
He emphasized the crucial need to uphold and protect human rights for all citizens to consolidate democratic governance.
Furthermore, Mr. Ahenu addressed inadequate infrastructure and the uneven delivery of essential services in some regions of the country as a challenge to democratic development.
He stressed the importance of improving infrastructure, expanding access to basic services, and promoting regional development to contribute to the overall well-being of citizens and the inclusivity of Ghana’s democracy.
In conclusion, Mr. Ahenu emphasized that addressing these weaknesses will require sustained efforts, political will, and collaboration among government, civil society, and other stakeholders. He called for collective action to reform and strengthen Ghana’s democratic institutions for the benefit of all citizens.