11:38, 18.Jul 2018
Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has condemned politicians for engaging in insults and denigrating comments in their campaigns.
Dr Afari-Gyan holds the view that: “Election campaigns have not been clean, they have not been devoid of insults, character assassination, intimidation and violence”.
He has, therefore, admonished political actors in the country to focus on issue-based debates and avoid verbal abuse.
Dr Afari-Gyan was speaking on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 at The Accra Dialogue on the theme: “Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Governance: The Role of The Electoral Commission”.
He also noted that “the playing field for political parties is far from level” and needs to be addressed.
He said: “Long-standing abuse of incumbency and the lack of some form of public funding for political parties”, have not helped matters.
For him, these require urgent redress if the country is to consolidate the gains made by Ghana’s democratic processes.
Dr Afari-Gyan was Chairperson of the EC from 1993 to 2015. He was awarded the Order of the Star of Ghana, the highest national award by former President John Mahama on 1 July 2015.