The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has called on Ghanaians to remain resolute and committed to fostering an inclusive and democratic society that respects human rights, rule of law and holds its leaders accountable.

This is, according to CDD-Ghana “the most viable path to stability, peace and progress” in the country.

CDD-Ghana gave the advice on the occasion of this year’s international day of democracy, which falls on today, Friday September 15, 2007.

This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Democracy and Conflict Prevention.” This year’s theme, according to CDD-Ghana, is a stark reminder for all Ghanaians to remain vigilant in the face of increasing political risks to democracy and the re-emergence of autocratic and authoritarian rule camouflaged by routine elections.

CDD-Ghana, in a statement said: “Across the continent of Africa, political assault on presidential and constitutional term limits, and recent attacks on the legitimacy of key institutions of democratic governance, have created an environment for political instability and conflict but fortunately, Ghana, despite its challenges, remains a beacon of multiparty democratic rule on the African continent and has made great strides in developing an institutional infrastructure and practices for conflict prevention and management – which was mirrored in the peaceful resolution of the 2012 presidential election results contestation, as well as three successful peaceful transitions of political power in the last 23 years. However, democratic consolidation will only occur if citizens and leaders imbibe the tenets of democratic rule and practice in the day-to-day running of the state.”

The Center therefore urged all Ghanaians to work towards consolidating the country’s tradition of credible and peaceful elections, ensuring transparency and accountability in governance, and respecting the rule of law.

The Center further urged the political leadership to continue to show strong support and commitment to democracy, respect for constitutional norms, tolerance for divergent views and respect for minority rights, adding that, Ghanaians need to exhibit a high level of patriotism, public spiritedness and duty in the performance of their responsibilities.

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com

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