A year on after election 2016

Last year by this time Ghanaians had voted in general elections to elect a President and Members of Parliament to represent them in the 275-member legislature.

It resulted in the electing of the presidential candidate of the major opposition party, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the President-elect of Ghana, to succeed the incumbent, President John Dramani Mahama, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

As it is with keenly contested elections in Ghana, there were lots of anxiety and uncertainties on whether Ghana will come out of the elections peacefully. The international community was once more monitoring events in the country.

Many of the religious leaders were on their knees praying for the country to go through another election without any troubles, as the country has become a beacon of democracy and oasis of peace and stability.

Before the elections, democratic institutions and other civil society organisations organised series of encounters to dialogue with political parties and impress on the electorates on the need to ensure a peaceful election.

We had no option than to score another democratic goal of peaceful elections.

True to the expectations of all well meaning Ghanaians and the international community, the elections passed off peaceful, thus relegating all pessimisms that Ghana could go up in flames though there were worrying post-elections scenes.

One year on Ghana remains a solid state with its territorial integrity intact and well- functioning organs of government -Executive, Judiciary and Legislature – running the machinery of state.

As to whether the government is meeting the aspirations and wishes of Ghanaian, we leave it the to their judgment because opinions are like noses and each has one.

Looking back however, the Ghanaian Times is convinced that we have achieved democratic dividend since we returned to constitutional democracy in 1993.

We are aware that poverty has reduced in the country from 52.6 in 1991 to 21.4 per cent in 2012.Despite this achievement, there appears to be growing inequalities in the country.

It as an undeniable fact that quiet a number of people are still wallowing in extreme poverty in the country, though Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the erstwhile Millennium Development Goal one of halving poverty and hunger.

In an era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underpinned by inclusive growth and more so when our President is the co-chair of the group of Eminent Global Personalities advocating the realisation of the SDGs which seeks to, among other goals, get everyone out of extreme poverty and leaving no one behind by 2030.

Indeed, article 36(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana states “The State shall take all necessary actions to ensure that the national economy is managed in such a manner as to maximise the rate of economic development and to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every person in Ghana and to provide adequate means of livelihood and suitable employment and public assistance to the needy.”

While commending the NPP and the government on the occasion of the first anniversary, we urge it to do more to end poverty in Ghana.

We wish the government all the best and say Ayeeko!







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