Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has indicated that, electoral victories are worthless if they don’t lead to democratic, economic and social victories.
The North Tongu Constituency representative in the Parliament of Ghana made this known, when he was questioning why major media houses across the country are focused on who wins the next election at the neglect of other more important issues.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was reacting to the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and indicated that, the report presents the most damning and gloomy verdict on Ghana in recent memory and as Ghanaians, we must collectively resolve to genuinely fix the mess.
The report, among other things, highlighted the fact that while constitution and law provide for independent judiciary, the judiciary was subject to unlawful influence and corruption.
The report further stipulated that, judicial officials reportedly accept bribes to expedite or postpone cases, lose records or issue favourable rulings for the payer of the bribe.
On corruption and lack of transparency in government, the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices reported that, government did not implement the law effectively and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity, even though the law provides criminal penalties for corruption by government officials.
Ablakwa concluded by stating that, he hopes the widely considered credible and brutally frank external independent assessment of the state of Ghana leads to demand accountability from all our leaders.