Justice Emile Francis Short, the former Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), on Monday urged for more inclusiveness in the governance system of the country, to enhance good governance.
He expressed worry that under the current practice of “winner takes all” where all other Ghanaians who do not belong to the ruling party, were excluded from national governance and decision making, did not promote good governance.
Justice Short suggested that after the election the constitutional review process should be continued, to seek proposals from Ghanaians on the best form of governance.
He made these remarks during the third edition of Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) “Town Hall meeting on Ghana’s 2016 Election” in Accra.
Themed, ‘Making Ghana’s 2016 election peaceful- The role of stakeholders”, the event brought together representatives from the Electoral Commission, Ghana Police Service, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Christian Council, Office of the Chief Imam and political party representatives.
Justice Short said “the winner takes all” form of governance had led to the marginalisation of people, who were capable of contributing their quota to the development of Ghana, stressing that the practice did not promote democratic governance in the country.
The former CHRAJ boss expressed concern about the formation of vigilante groups, and urged the Police Administration to put in measures to dissolve such groups.
According to Justice Short, their activities posed a threat to national security and the 2016 elections.
Justice Short expressed hope in the Electoral Commission, saying they should work hard to instill confidence into Ghanaians before, during and after the 2016 elections.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vance Gariba of the Nima Police Command said the Police Service had gone through modern trends of policing, and were ready to protect the country.
He, however, cautioned that the police would deal with those who would engage in violence during the elections.
“We shall clamp down fiercely on anyone who tries to cause any disturbance in our country because Ghana comes first,” he stressed.
The stakeholders highlighted the interventions they had put in place for peaceful elections, and the representatives of the political parties pledged to obey rules that govern elections in the country.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah