Vladimir Antwi-DansoA senior research fellow of the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) of the University of Ghana, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has reiterated the need for Africa to craft her own democracy and not necessarily follow the European model.
According to him, democracy is a contractual type of system where the ruler and the ruled have a relationship that helps to foster transparency and good governance.
made the observation at the first of three roundtable discussions organised by the Institute for Democratic Governance
, themed "Ghana's Democratization Process So Far: The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in Focus".
The roundtable discussion which was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was a commemoration of the golden jubilee of the African Union
The ACDEG enjoins AU member states to promote the universal values and principles of democracy and good governance including human rights and the right to development; as well as promote and strengthen good governance through the institutionalization of transparency, accountability and participation.
Speaking on the topic "Ghana's efforts at promoting good governance through the institutionalization of transparency", Dr Antwi-Danso
noted that although Ghana is in the era of democracy, it did not equate to good governance.
said, "We make the mistake of equating democracy to good governance.
We often make the mistake that we are doing well in terms of good governance, human rights among others… we are not doing well on good governance and it is affecting institutionalism and constitutionalism."
stated that in a country where crime has been given political colours, where the power of the Chief Justice and the Attorney General is vested in one person and parliament is not interested in its oversight powers on the executive, "these things don't go well for the consolidation of democracy."
noted that the undertones of good governance were "hiccupping" resulting in indiscipline in the society.