The Immediate Past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has challenged Ghana to conduct an election in 2016 that will be worthy of emulation on the continent.
“Specifically for Ghana and Ghanaians, we now pose a new challenge to you to make your elections better than ours. We used to be vociferous competitors in the football field, the Blacks Stars and the [Super] Eagles, but let us be vociferous competitors in democratic arena,” he challenged.
Professor Attahiru Jega, who was speaking at a forum to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), further charged Ghanaians not to allow the selfish interest of politicians to override collective national interests.
“We should keep on improving peace security and stability in our country, it is very important. The individual objectives of politicians which are selfish, in terms of winning elections, we should not allow them to override national and collective interest.”
He further emphasized the need for effective knowledge sharing among Electoral Commissions across the continent. There was however no representation from the Electoral Commission of Ghana at the program.
“We need to improve the framework of knowledge sharing among African Electoral Commissions. It is very important that they meet periodically.”
Present among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akuffo Addo and the former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.