Protect courts, EC from elected autocrats – Asiedu Nketia urges

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has called for the protection of all state institutions against the potential capture by leaders he describe as elected autocrats.

In most cases, he said, these leaders see the institutions as limiting their powers hence, will want to have absolute control over them.

He mentioned the Electoral Commission (EC), the courts, tax authorities and the media as some of the institutions that the leaders would want to capture.

Speaking in interview with journalists on the sidelines of a forum organized by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) Friday April 22, Mr Asiedu Nketia said “The institutions we are talking about, the courts are very important, the media are very important, other civil society organizations, the Electoral Commission, the tax authorities, Parliament.

“These are institutions that are calibrated in very democracy to regulate the use of power and check abuse of power but these are the very institutions when they fall into the hands of autocrats they begin capturing them, sort of compromising them, weakening them because the autocrats want to see those institutions as a limitations on their power, or incumbrances that needs to be removed.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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