He is going to respect his two-term limit as the President and has invited his colleague leaders in the West Africa sub-region to do same.
The situation where some of the leaders, disconnected from their people, go to all lengths to change the constitution of their countries to remove the term-limit has been creating political instability.
In Mali, the military on May 25, 2021, ousted the government in a coup. Speaking at the Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum in Accra, President Akufo-Addo vowed to make sure that a free, fair and credible elections are held in 2024 to choose who would be succeeding him as the country’s head of state.
He would never become an impediment to the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections.
“As President of the Republic of Ghana and current Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS States in Governance, I pledge to continue to respect the tenets of the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance. I will not make or cause to be made any substantial modification to electoral laws in the last six months before the next election. I will respect the two-term limit for the exercise of Presidential authority as stipulated in the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”
He went on; “I will hand over power to the next elected president on 7th January 2025, and I will rally my fellow ECOWAS heads of state to take the pledge and support them as they continue to work towards democracy and good governance in the respective countries.”
Ghana has since its return to constitutional rule been having peaceful transfer of political power, with political power alternating between the two dominant parties.
After eight years of constitutional rule by the national democratic congress (NDC), led by the late strongman, Jerry John Rawlings, the new patriotic party (NPP) received the mandate of Ghanaian voters to come into government in year, 2,000.
The NPP government, which was led by President John Agyekum Kufuor, was in power for eight years (served its constitutional two-term limit) and the NDC under the leadership of Professor John Evans Atta-Mills came back to power.
The NDC held on to power for eight years before losing power to the NPP in the 2016 general election.
President Akufo-Addo noted that it had been more than two decades of constitutional democracy in some countries in the sub-region but “our member states still remain work in progress as democracies.
We must not give up when it comes to guaranteeing the integrity of the electoral process and consolidating peace.”
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