CDD Launches Book
The Majority leader in Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin, has called on Ghanaians to develop the culture of tolerance in order to enhance and promote the country’s emerging democracy.
Hon. Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) Nadowli West, noted that in engaging in political discourse, people should agree to disagree on issues as a means of deepening freedom of expression, democracy and the entrenchment of Ghanaian democracy.
The Majority leader gave the admonition in Accra when he launched a 307-page book titled ‘Watching Democracy in Ghana,’ a compilation of the past issues of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD’s) official mouthpiece, Democracy Watch, which explores various themes on democracy and good governance in the country.
Hon. Bagbin, said as the representative of the people, MP’s from both the majority and minority sides cooperate more on matters of national importance than dissent even in the face of heated debates on the floor of parliament adding that all the legislators are friends and not enemies.
He has accordingly urged Ghanaians to respect the views of others in all deliberations to further promote friendship and unity in the country.
The Leader of Ghana’s Parliament thanked the CDD for working hard over the years to promote democracy not only in Ghana but the whole of Africa and that the book would come in handy in furtherance of this objective.
The launch of the book attracted members of the legislature, security expects and members of the diplomatic corps, academia, and the media.
Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of CDD, noted that building democracy, establishing democratic foundations for a well-governed society, institutionalizing the rule of law, entrenching a culture of democracy and good governance is a process and not an event.
For these reasons, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi expatiated that the democratic process in any society demands watchfulness, monitoring and oversight.
According to him, the CDD-Ghana takes this as a central aspect of its mission to monitor and ‘watchdog’ democracy, adding that its publication, Democracy Watch, is the chief instrument with which it performs the task of monitoring and keeping vigilance over the process of Ghanaian democratization and good governance.
Source: Daily Guide