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21.11.2008 Elections

Presidential Aspirants Pledge To Fight Corruption

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Presidential Aspirants yesterday assured electorate that they will address the issues of corruption, transparency, accountability, narcotic drugs, inequality, peace and justice when given the mantle on December 7.

Reverend Dr Fred Degbe, the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), said that as Christians they are obliged to demonstrate concern to the political and socio-economic development of the country. As a result, they need to strengthen the relationship of the church/state towards national development.

'This platform is to solicit the commitment from both church and political parties in ensuring a peaceful, transparent, free, fair, clean and credible 2008 elections', he emphasised.

He advised politicians to demonstrate to the world that Ghanaian politics is much concerned with issues that affect the livelihood of the citizens.

Prof Mike Ocquaye who spoke on behalf of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer observed that corruption undermines good governance and creates inequalities and injustices in a country. In view of that Nana Akuffo-Addo's government will ensure that 40 million dollars assigned for the computerisation of New Government Agencies will be put to use as expected.

'The repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, the Public Procurement Act and the Whistle Blowers Act are examples of NPP government's concern for fighting corruption', he noted.

Dr Kwabena Donkor who represented the National Democratic Congress' candidate assured electorates that questionable and wealthy individuals in the country will be investigated by the security agencies on their source of wealth. 'Culprits will be made to face the law and due punishment will be assigned to them no matter which party they belongs to.'

Dr Kweku Safo of the Convention People Party (CPP) said decentralisation will be the hallmark of Nduom's administration saying 'The Assemblies must have total control of the revenue allocation in their various districts'.

The People's National Convention (PNC) represented by Mr Atik Mohammed stated that conflict of interest of law will be put in the constitution in the same vein the Attorney-General Office will be separated from the Ministry of Justice to ensure independent of the Judiciary.

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