• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

Ghana ranked 73 out of 180 Nations in 2021 Corruption Perception Index.

Ghana was placed 73rd out of 180 nations (CPI) in the 2021 Corruption Perception Index, .

Ghana came in 73rd place with a score of 43 out of 100.

Ghana’s 43 score, according to the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), indicates that the country made no progress in its battle against corruption in 2021, as the score remained same from the previous year.

Botswana (55), Lesotho (38), Eswatini (32), Niger (31), Nigeria (24), Comoros (20), and South Sudan (11) are all at historic lows in the 2021 index.

In the last ten years, 43 African countries have achieved little development or have regressed.

The GII, on the other hand, issued several recommendations for the country in order to help it combat corruption.

“Improve institutional checks or authority,” one of the recommendations reads. Anti-corruption authorities like the top audit agency, for example, must function completely independent of the executive branch, as their mandates require. They should be well-funded, with monies allotted to them adequately disbursed, and empowered to effectively investigate and sanction wrongdoing in a timely manner.”

The country should also “empower citizens to hold power accountable,” according to the report. State agencies charged with protecting citizens’ rights should play a proactive role in guaranteeing prompt investigations into violations of civil society and media activists’ rights, as well as human rights defenders’ rights, and facilitating justice for crimes against all. In order to prevent executive overreach, Parliament and the courts must remain alert. To serve as a deterrent, sanction the corrupt. Ghana is said to have strong anti-corruption measures in place, including sanctions laws.

“To reduce the instances of abuse of power, impunity, and corruption, government and state anti-corruption organizations must successfully strive toward making corruption a high risk, low return venture” and “increase openness and accountability in political party and campaign financing.” The Electoral Commission should be held accountable for enforcing the Political Parties Act of 2000 (Act 574), particularly Section 21, which requires political parties to disclose their funding sources.

“Parliament should also alter Act 574 to require candidates running for President and Parliamentary elections to disclose their financial sources.” There should also be a limit on how much money candidates may raise and spend in these elections.”

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