THE TRANSITION PROCESS: SO FAR SO GOOD

ONE of the ways through which the country is seeking to ensure a smooth transition from one government to another is through the passage of the Presidential (Transition) Act of 2012 (Act 845), which was amended in 2016.
Until the enactment of the law there was no legal framework that governed the transition of power from one government to another.
The absence of the law, therefore led to chaotic and often acrimonious transfer of power.
We recall that during the 2000 transition from the Rawlings-led government to the Kufuor administration, the country witnessed a lot of drama and the acrimony that characterised the transition process.
Again in 2000, at the time the Kufour-led administration was transferring power to the late Prof. Atta Mills led government, the two sides did not agree on several of the issues, leading to some disagreements.
It was against this backdrop that the Presidential (Transition) Act, was enacted to establish arrangement for the political transfer of administration from an out-going democratically elected president and to provide for related matters.
The law made provision for accountability, institutional clarity and structured time for managing the transition process to avert the challenges experienced in previous transitions.
This is the law that is guiding the present transition, that unlike others, appears to have directed the smooth operation of the teams.
One good news coming out of the work of the team is that the out-going administration has handed over all but one handing over notes to the incoming administration, which is a good sign that the law is working.
The Times is happy that except for few glitches, the process can be said to be on the right path.
We commend both sides for the understanding and the cooperation exhibited so far between the two teams which have moved the process forward.
We urge them to continue in the same spirit so that the process can end successfully.

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