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Corrupt practices and elections

Elections constitute one of the key pillars of a vibrant democracy, where leaders assume power following transparent, free, fair and competitive polls.

Regrettably, these processes are plagued by irregularities and corruption, resulting in armed conflicts in many African countries.

Usually, citizens’ rights to participate in the electoral process are corruptly influenced, limiting their free choice of a candidate.

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Ghana: Election 2020 – the Role of Citizens and Political Parties

Come 7th December, 2020 Ghanaians will go to the polls to choose (vote) their Members of Parliament as well as a President to run the affairs of the country for the next four years. The right to vote is considered as one of the first generation rights due to its implications for individuals’ liberties. Indeed, it is through the exercise of the right to vote that citizens express their preferences for which political party or candidate should govern them and also through which citizens hold governments accountable by voting them out of power if not satisfied with their performance.

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Discretion around declaration of assets weakens laws preventing corruption – CDD Ghana

Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development says sanctions the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has failed to create and enforce have made room for its operations to be run on discretion.

According to Dr Kojo Asante, this does not help in the fight against corruption nor the promotion of equality before the law.

“Since the propagation of the 1992 constitution, CHRAJ is yet to elaborate on sanctions. It does not promote any deterrence effect or prevention of corrupt acts or any acts that are seen as misbehavior in the public service,” Dr. Asante said on JoyNews’ Newsfile, Saturday.

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