Former president John Agyekum Kufuor has re-launched his bid to get the presidential tenure extended to five or six years.

Making a case for a change from the constitutionally stipulated four-year term for presidents of Ghana, Kufuor, who ruled the young oil-producing country from 2001 to 2009, argued the current term limits leaders from executing their plans effectively.

The opposition New Patriotic Party fulcrum believes an extended term will allow the president to do more in terms of development.

Speaking at an International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS) conference in Accra, Thursday, President Kufuor said the four-year term will not guarantee “any mark of development and transformation.”

The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana offers two 4-year terms for presidents. Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt practice similar systems with several African countries going for two 5 or 7-year terms.

According to former President Kufuor, once the tenure is increased, the President can use the first few years to grasp what is expected of him before rolling out his policies with the remaining years.

It will be recalled that Kufuor made a similar request during his last address to parliament, contending that the four years was not “enough for any new administration to implement policies” that will bring about drastic transformation.

He has therefore suggested to parliament to consider his proposal.

Source: Ghana/ Mensah


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