A former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, CHRAJ, Justice Francis Emile Short, says lack of commitment by government to pass the Right to Information Bill coupled with ineffectiveness of the Asset Declaration Law, is undermining the fight against corruption.
Justice Emile Short made these comments in Accra at the launch of the Center for Democratic Development’s (CDD’s) Ghana Afrobarometer Round Seven Findings.
The study looked at public perception on corruption, illegal mining, vigilantism, mob justice and emigration.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues.
The team in Ghana, led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development sampled the views of 2,400 Ghanaians between September 9 and 25, 2017.
On corruption, the survey rated the Ghana Police Service as the most corrupt institution, followed by the Judiciary. 74% of Ghanaians also perceive religious leaders as corrupt.
Afrobarometer Project Manager for Anglophone West Africa, Daniel Armah-Attoh threw more light on the survey.
Justice Emile Short blamed the increasing cases of corruption on the lack of political will by successive governments to take drastic measures against the canker.
A Security Analyst, Emmanuel Sowatey said political interference in the recruitment process into the police service is not healthy for the integrity of the service.
The CDD is expected to release its report on ethnicity, trust, economy and other related issues early next year (2018).