Former President Jerry John Rawlings has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to engage all stakeholders extensively as it prepares towards Election 2020.
This, according to Mr Rawlings will help prevent “unnecessary suspicion and promote a peaceful and cohesive society.”
He said this when he addressed the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising at his office on Thursday.
The day was commemorated under the theme, “Strengthening the Spirit of Patriotism, Resilience and Integrity in Difficult Times”.
Former President Rawlings and leader of the uprising delivered the keynote address for the event which was organised virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on mass gathering.
Touching on the issue of the Electoral Commission’s preparations towards the December 7 general elections, Mr Rawlings noted, “We must endeavour as a nation to deepen the spirit of the consultative process, equity, respect for the rule of law or in simple terms, the tenet of democracy and multiparty democracy.”
Adding, Mr Rawlings said the constitutional mandate of the Electoral Commission “must be respected by all.”
“The sanctity of the right of choice is not a matter we can compromise with. That sanctity must be preserved at all cost and as we inch towards November let us ensure that the institutional processes are transparent and beyond blemish. Freedom and justice is not abstract.
“It is very much related to the sanctity of the right of choice. Those who are eligible to exercise that right of choice should not and cannot be disenfranchised by dictates that defeat one’s right to vote. The sanctity of justice should be preserved and protected with all of us being subject to the practice of what is just. An unjust society deepens the inequities that exist,” he said.