EC must help sustain Ghana’s democracy by avoiding unilateral decision – Sylvester A. Mensah

Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah
Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah

The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), a Financial Expert, Management Strategist and one of the defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential aspirant Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah is calling on the Electoral Commission of Ghana to help maintain and sustain the rich democracy of the Republic of Ghana. He noted that, Ghana, over six (6) decades now has a stable democratic system and nothing should be done to cripple the strong democracy established by the former leaders of Ghana.

“Yes, Ghana has a stable democracy, but let’s not take it for granted! Our democratic stability is to the extent that governments and government institutions are responsible and responsive to significant concerns and aspirations of the people.” He explained.

Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah said, in building consensus, there must be broader consultation, effective deliberation on critical national issues to successfully address challenges in the interest of the citizenry, thereby creating a stable political stability. “Consensus building is a powerful tool that bridges differences and creates stable political atmosphere in every democracy.” He added.

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According to him, all former Electoral Commissioners of Ghana have smoothly and successfully engaged all stakeholders on electoral matters without making a unilateral decision for their parochial interest, it rather unfortunate that, the current Electoral Commissioner Mr. Jean Mensa and her team are taking side on critical issues to favour one political party against others. “All past Electoral Commissioners have successfully applied the tools of consensus building and compromise within the IPAC framework to sustain Ghana’s democratic stability. Non has ever taken the “highway” with unilateral decisions” He accused. 

The defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential aspirant Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah said, in many occasions, suggestions and pressure from opposition political parties, think thank groups and concerned citizens have always made an informed decision and actions that the Electoral Commission is doing something wrong.  Taking unilateral decision on issues that many institutions, individuals and opposition political parties stood against is uncalled for and must be condemned.”Indeed, pressures and opposition concerns have always informed decisions and actions. It would certainly not be useful to persist and take the highway of unilateralism, abandoning time tested approaches and successful pathways. Let’s not grope and run in the dark and end up making the 4th Republic dysfunctional. I’m afraid, the consequences could be dire.” He further explained. 

In summary, he noted that, “Mind you, political stability has always been a function of responsible political leadership!”

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