President Akufo-Addo has underscored the need for defeated presidential aspirants to prioritise democracy in all their political activities especially in the event of a loss during an election.
According to the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), aspiring leaders should strive to be good losers and not allow the pain of losing a poll to influence suspicion of cheating.
In a keynote address at the ongoing high-level ECOWAS Parliamentary Seminar taking place at Winneba in the Central region, the President said no amount sensible justification can be accepted for the recent military takeovers in the sub-region.
He also added that trusting the democratic process through elections is the surest way to deepen democracy on the continent and called on member-states to respect democratic institutions and urged support for elected governments to work.
“These happenings in the region required of you distinguished Parliamentarians to take a critical look at the effectiveness of our electoral systems and process to provide free and fair elections and guarantee accountable governance.”
“The authority of any elected public officer is vested in the people, and this can be legitimately exercised through free, fair and credible elections.”
“The exertion to power by any other means, other than the ballot box, remains for me, wholly unacceptable, no matter the justification,” he added.