Former President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday laid the blame for political unrest and instability at the doorstep of leaders who subverted their countries’ constitutions to extend their stay in office.
“I have witnessed from across Africa, the determination of citizens to exercise their democratic rights. Everywhere people are given the vote, they treasure it. It is not the citizens but their leaders who are too often the obstacle to democracy,” former President Kufuor said.
Former President Kufuor said the public had a responsibility to help elections to take place in a fair and stable manner, adding: “We must use all our influence to persuade political leaders that progress, prosperity and stability will stem from respecting their democratic rights.”
He asked the international community to support the use of electronic voting systems in Africa to help check electoral malpractices adding that the cost of resolving conflicts in a country because of rigged elections is much higher than that invested in acquiring electronic technology.
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