Former President John Dramani Mahama has emphasized the critical need for the government to ensure the peaceful conduct of the upcoming general election, expressing concern over past incidents of election-related violence.
In a statement released on the occasion of the Fourth Republican Constitution Day, observed on January 7, Mr. Mahama underscored the government's responsibility to guarantee peaceful elections.
He emphasized that the loss of even one Ghanaian life during the electoral process should not be tolerated.
Mr. Mahama recalled the use of thugs and rogue elements within the security agencies during the 2020 elections, which resulted in the unfortunate loss of eight lives.
He referred to this event as Ghana's “day of infamy” and criticized it as a stain on the country's democratic credentials established over the past 31 years of constitutional rule.
He expressed dismay that, even three years after the tragic events, President Nana Akufo-Addo has not extended words of sympathy to the bereaved families.
Mr. Mahama highlighted the lack of accountability, noting that the perpetrators of these murders are still free and occupy positions of authority and power.
Mr. Mahama's statement serves as a call for heightened vigilance and adherence to democratic principles to ensure that Ghana's electoral process remains a beacon of transparency and fairness.