General News of Thu, 30 Jun 20167
Demand accountability from candidates – US Ambassador
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson has urged Ghanaian voters to demand accountability from political party leaders seeking their mandate in this year’s election.
He fears the country risks suffering at the hands of leaders who do not demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling their campaign promises.
“I encourage you to educate yourselves about the issues and demand that candidates talk about them; creating jobs, abolishing modern day slavery, fighting corruption, promoting decentralization, providing quality education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
It is up to you to vote for your Ghana. On election day, some will win and some will lose. Regardless of how your candidate or party fares, we all win when peace and transparency prevails.”
The Ambassador also urged Ghanaians to promote peace by avoiding individuals whose actions are likely to cause divisions among citizens. “Again we all have a responsibility in this regard. As has often been said, the only thing that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people should do nothing. In the coming months, people who put their own interest ahead of all else will try to divide you.
Stand firm. Make it clear that you stand for peace, that you stand for transparency and Ghana Mr. Jackson made these comments at a ceremony to commemorate the 240th Independence Day Anniversary Celebration of the USA which falls on July 4.
It was on the theme, “Ghana and the United States: A Partnership for Growth and Prosperity.” His comments come days after former President John Agyekum Kufuor asked Ghanaians to exercise their voting rights with circumspection.