Corruption Declare how you’ll fight corruption in manifesto – GII to political parties

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Executive Director of the GII, Linda Ofori-Kwafo, said manifestos, which serve as development planning tools for political parties should have in them ways to curb corruption.

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A recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) revealed that the desire to attain riches, greed, and selfishness as well as low salaries, have emerged as the top three root causes of corruption in Ghana play

A recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) revealed that the desire to attain riches, greed, and selfishness as well as low salaries, have emerged as the top three root causes of corruption in Ghana

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The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Consortium has charged political parties in the country, committed to the fight against corruption to demonstrate it by incorporating it into their 2016 manifestos.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Executive Director of the GII, Linda Ofori-Kwafo, said manifestos, which serve as development planning tools for political parties should have in them ways to curb corruption.

She said the GII consortium “identified gaps and proposed actions to address these gaps in 17 anti-corruption laws.”

“We are not asking for the passage of new laws but we are saying that the existing laws that we have, we need to strengthen those ones. But any party that is interested in moving our nation forward should be prepared to strengthen our anti-corruption legislative framework in order to make corruption high risk and a low gain activity.

“The criminal offences Act 1960 act 29, apply to offence of bribery by national public officials; however, bribery by foreign public officials and officials of public international organizations has not been criminalized. We call on all presidential candidates and their political parties to demonstrate their commitment to the fight against corruption by incorporating the gaps in their manifestos and implement same should they win the elections come December 2016,” the GII Executive Director said.

READ ALSO: IEA Report Greed, selfishness, low salaries root causes of corruption

A recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) revealed that the desire to attain riches, greed, and selfishness as well as low salaries, have emerged as the top three root causes of corruption in Ghana.

The survey, which focused on the root causes of corruption in Ghana, also showed that majority of Ghanaians are forced to pay bribes in order to be given fair treatment from superiors and other officials.

Senior Adjunct Fellow at the IEA, Professor Atsu Ayee believes the immediate passage of the Right to Information Bill is the only way forward in finding a solution to the menace.

“The crusade against corruption will actually go into high gear if we make information available… we need to get that [the RTI bill]. If we get that, it will be easier for us even to question about how do they get money” he said.

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