In recent years, concerns have risen over the state of democracy in Ghana, particularly under President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Former Deputy Minister of State, Hon. Abu Kansangbata, has joined others in expressing worries about the direction of the country under this administration. One of the major issues highlighted is the increasing influence of money in politics, leading to what Hon. Abu Kansangbata calls “moneycracy.” This trend threatens the fairness and integrity of democratic processes, shifting power towards the wealthy rather than merit or public will.

Another concern is the erosion of democratic values and principles. President Nana Addo’s behavior, such as insisting that chiefs stand to greet him which has been seen as disrespectful to traditional authority and undermines equality among citizens.

Furthermore, President Nana Addo’s statement suggesting he cannot be succeeded by someone he has previously defeated in elections raises concerns about his commitment to a peaceful transition of power, a fundamental principle of democracy.

The administration has suppressed dissent and limiting freedom of speech, with journalists and activists facing harassment and intimidation.

Additionally, the handling of key democratic institutions like the Electoral Commission and the National Commission for Civic Education has been questioned, lacking transparency and independence. As Nana Addo’s term nears its end, there is a call for Ghanaians to reflect on the state of democracy and demand accountability from leaders. Upholding democratic norms and values is crucial for the future of Ghana, emphasizing the importance of freedom, equality, and justice for all.

By: Former Deputy Minister of Upper West, Hon Abu Kansangbata