Akufo-Addo cautions sub regional Presidents against tenure elongation



Akufo-Addo cautions sub regional Presidents against tenure elongation

…… .Says the stratagems to retain power major cause of political instability

By Lizzy Okoji

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana warned the outgoing presidents of ECOWAS countries against retaining power beyond constitutional provisions, a phenomenon he noted is the main cause of political instability in the sub-region. region.

Akufo-Addo made this appeal on Wednesday at the opening of the ECOWAS Parliament’s high-level parliamentary seminar in Winneba, Ghana, on the theme “Two decades of democratic elections in ECOWAS Member States: achievements, challenges, challenges and the way forward.

Akufo-Addo, who is also chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, said the high-level meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament came at the right time given the political situation in Mali and in Guinea.

It is also as Akufo-Addo urged the ECOWAS Parliament to join the ECOWAS Commission to ensure the swift review of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

“The profession of the holiness of the ballot box carries with it the subversion of good government of good government.

“Good governance must and must imperatively exclude political maneuvers to maintain power beyond constitutional requirements.

“Let us all be aware that beyond that, marriage between elected officials and the electorate becomes forced, the environment becomes toxic, mandates are questioned.

“It is for this reason that the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and my Presidency in its last extraordinary summit on September 16, 2021 in Accra on the Guinean and Malian situations.

“The Heads of State and Government have authorized the ECOWAS Commission to take action towards the urgent revision of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance to take into account contemporary developments.

“I also invite you, parliamentarians, to contribute to the process of this review. I welcome this decision and hope the review will be quick and accurate, ”Akufo-Addo said.

Akufo-Addo also commended the ECOWAS Parliament for choosing to address the subject at this stage, adding that the ECOWAS Parliament has shown vision and courage to find solutions aimed at consolidating the democratic regime of the region.

Dr Sidie Tunis, President of the ECOWAS Parliament also warned the outgoing ECOWAS presidents against amending their constitutions to push for the extension of the mandate.

Tunis explained that this phenomenon has been the main cause of opposition from citizens, which often leads to political instability and a violation of democratic rules.

The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, however, noted that if firm and decisive action is not taken urgently against the ugly trend, ECOWAS will become a failed state.

“It is very important that we pay serious attention to the new phenomenon of changing the constitution of a state before an election or before the term of office of a sitting president expires.

“Changing a constitution to conform to current realities is not in itself a problem.

“However, when proposed constitutional amendments protect governing elites at the expense of citizens or undermine the very nature of constitutional democracy.

“By thus giving the holder an undue advantage to extend his mandate, we then have a problem.

“The truth is that this practice erodes the gains we have made as a community, plunges the region into further chaos and creates a serious risk to the reputation of ECOWAS as an institution.

“If we do not take firm and very decisive action against this ugly trend, ECOWAS will not only be seen as a collection of failed states, but it will indeed fail,” said Tunis.

Tunis urged parliamentarians to take advantage of the seminar and the discussions that could ensue, and to lead reflective actions for a peaceful and more prosperous region and Africa as a continent.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the high level parliamentary seminar of the ECOWAS Parliament aims to assess electoral systems in member states in order to identify challenges for possible solutions.

Source: NAN

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