8 Year Cycle in Governance; the time is ripe for a paradigm shift…

The time has come for us to jettison this idea of a particular political party has been in office for 8 years and that it must be voted out for a different political party to take over.

By SpyDa for ghananewsonline.com.gh

Transitioning from the military rule to the democratic rule, a lot of things have happened in the political history of Ghana. However, looking at it from the following chronological order/event:

1966 – 1969 = Joseph A. Ankrah
1969-1970= Akwasi A. Afrifa
1970. =Nii Armah Ollenu
1970-1972=Edward Akuffo
1972-1978=Ignatius Acheampong
1978-1979=Fred Akuffo
1979-1981=J.J Rawlings
1981-1992=J.J Rawlings

It can be concluded that the military rule ( take-overs) have done our dear nation more harm than good. In all, the military rule in Ghana lasted for a whopping 26years.

Now, zeroing in to the germane subject matter, it is imperative to state that, the 1992 era then ushered Ghana into the 4th Republican state whereby constitutionalism, rule of rule, and constitution featured prominently in our governance system. The year 1992 sought to give birth to the current Constitution of our country. However, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana also makes it possible for elections both Presidential and Parliamentary to be conducted in every 4 years intervals to as it were, consolidate our democratic governance and political accountability to the Ghanaian electorates.

Ever since the rule of law, constitutionalism, constitutionality, constitution, and democracy was adopted by us (we the people of Ghana) in 1992, successfully, we have been changing our governments through elections in every 4 years. However, the Constitution also allows the sitting President to re-contest the election for the second time as that has been the case for solid 30 years now. In fact, beyond the maximum period of 8years, the sitting President can’t stand for President in an election again. This is rigidly and strictly prohibited and frowned upon by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

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