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The Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has lamented over the failure of successive governments to pass the 17-year-old Right to Information Bill, despite the country marking 25 years since its return to democratic governance.

In a statement from CDD and copied to Newsghana.com.gh to commend Ghana for maintaining its democratic credentials over the period, it was dismayed that “governmental accountability and responsiveness have remained highly insufficient [despite delivery of considerable voice to citizenry under the 4th Republic].”

The statement lamented that “public corruption remains pervasive; progress of the constitutionally-mandated political, administrative and fiscal decentralization has stalled; the economy remains characterized by jobless growth; income and spatial inequality are on the rise in spite of poverty reduction; and the nation’s two main political parties which have alternated in power in the 4th Republic have increasingly taken on the features of rival cults (whose primary purpose seemingly is to win elections, achieve “state capture” and practice “winner-takes-all” politics).”

Ghana today commemorated 25 years of the 4th Republic, which has so far seen the leadership of 5 presidents including the incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Many have described the journey as a successful one filled with peace and stability, however, CDD believes that, the country has failed in other important areas such as a constitutional reform to address the problem of over concentration of legal and constitutional powers in the hands of the Executive.

“While we deservingly celebrate our longest running constitutional order since independence, we must also pause to reflect on the things we must do to consolidate and deepen the gains made possible by the 4th Republican
Constitution. The list is long, but we can start by passing the 17-year old Right to Information Bill and reforming the public office-holder asset disclosure regime to promote governmental transparency and accountability as well as curb corruption in the public sector,” the statement stated.
Read The Original Release Below

PRESS RELEASE

CDD CONGRATULATES GHANAIANS ON THE SILVER JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY OF THE
4TH REPUBLIC AND THE 1992 CONSTITUTION

Today, January 7 2018,marks the 25th anniversary of Ghana’s Fourth Republic. The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) CDD-Ghana joins fellow Ghanaians in marking this historic milestone. We applaud successive administrations and political actors, including the various political parties, and indeed, the entire Ghanaian citizenry for keeping faith with the 1992 Constitution, which ushered in the 4th Republic and has undergirded our democratic governance system and practices in the last quarter of a century.

CDD-Ghana notes with great pride and overall satisfaction the successful conclusion of seven multi-party
presidential and parliamentary elections, producing three electoral turnovers in this Republic. We are also happy with the prevalence of peace and unity in the country as well as the growing levels of economic and social
development, broadly speaking.

The Center continues to note with dismay, however, that governmental accountability and responsiveness have remained highly insufficient (despite delivery of considerable voice to citizenry under the 4th Republic); public corruption remains pervasive; progress of the constitutionally-mandated political, administrative and fiscal decentralization has stalled; the economy remains characterized by jobless growth; income and spatial inequality are on the rise in spite of poverty reduction; and the nation’s two main political parties which have alternated in power in the 4th Republic have increasingly taken on the features of rival cults (whose primary purpose seemingly is to win elections, achieve “state capture” and practice “winner-takes-all” politics).

We are particularly concerned about the failure on the part of successive governments and majority parties to
address the well-known gaps and deficiencies in the 1992 Constitution such as overconcentration of legal and
constitutional power in hands of the executive branch in general (especially the presidency), and indirectly, the
governing political party.

While we deservingly celebrate our longest running constitutional order since independence, we must also pause to reflect on the things we must do to consolidate and deepen the gains made possible by the 4th Republican
Constitution. The list is long, but we can start by passing the 17-year old Right to Information Bill and reforming the public office-holder asset disclosure regime to promote governmental transparency and accountability as well as curb corruption in the public sector.

In the medium to long term, we must amend the law and constitution to
strengthen Parliament’s ability to oversight the executive (in order to promote effective checks and balances); inject meritocratic selection and fiduciary accountability into the governance of the state corporate sector; and allow for popular election of district mayors to promote local government decentralization and effectiveness. These types of reforms are some of the changes needed for the country to achieve this administration’s grand goal of a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.

Long Live the 4th Republic
Long Live Ghana!
God bless Ghana!

CDD-Ghana

By:Newsghana.com.gh

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