Ghana Needs Introspection -F.W De Klerk
A former South African President, Mr. F.W de Klerk says Ghana needs to do a thorough introspection and pursue the course of national reconciliation to quell despondency in the Ghanaian society, after the Supreme Court Judgment of the election petition.
The former South African president made these remarks at a meeting with some editors and senior journalist in Accra on Tuesday, as part of a programme initiated by the Institute of Economic Affairs to ensure national cohesion and peace, after the Supreme Court verdict.
While lauding the country for making strides in maintaining peace before, during and after the petition hearing, he emphasized the need for a healing process after such highly emotional event from becoming infested wounds.
He said the peace and order maintained after the verdict further entrenches Ghana’s position as the beacon of African democracy and a shining example to others.
He was, however, satisfied that the political leadership in the country have demonstrated their commitment to peace and national cohesion.
The former South African President, however, called for further reforms to improve the country’s electoral system. He emphasised that critical to this reform is the need for a multi-party approach to building consensus. He recommended the continuous use of Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) https://www.google.com.gh/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CC8QFjAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.infoghana.info%2Fnews-tag%2Finter-party-advisory-committee-ipac&ei=M-ExUpeDFcTQtQaLi4H4Aw&usg=AFQjCNHmPiRf9_u7xhnu1H6o_bPYSWAZWw&bvm=bv.52109249,d.Yms as a conduit in effecting the needed changes to restore public confidence in the electoral system.
H e noted that this is needed to correct the recurrence of the negatives of the past to restore credibility of the electoral system.
Mr. F.W de Klerk said the media’s contribution to national development cannot be underestimated and reiterated that for any thriving democracy, a vibrant media is key. He lauded the Ghanaian media for their role in maintaining the peace in the country, but called for self regulation, ‘so that the loose cannon do not tarnish the image of the others.’
He emphasized that a self regulated media closes the possible avenues for possible government censorship.
He called on the media to highlight the positives in the society, as part of efforts to quell despondency in the Ghanaian society.
He further advocated for a strong civil society and stronger parliamentary committees, as a means to bring about diversity in a meaningful way and to help create an avenue for minority parties to contribute to socio-politico-economic development of the country.
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