Ghanaian voters have been challenged to stand above inducements from politicians during elections.
Speaking at a Public Lecture in Accra to celebrate the life of Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, an International Relations Expert, Professor Adebayo Olukoshi said voters should not let poverty drive them into accepting gifts from politicians but become active citizens who cannot be bribed.
He said voters have a responsibility to ensure that the country’s electoral integrity is not compromised by vote buying.
The public lecture is part of activities to celebrate the life of a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr who turned 80 in March this year.
The life of the venerable professor has been characterised by academic excellence, public service, thought leadership and activism.
Speaking on the topic ”Democratisation Active Citizenship and Africa’s transformation”, an International Relations expert, Professor Adebayo Olukoshi said Ghanaian voters must embrace active citizenship to consolidate the democratic gains the country has made over the years.
Some selected institutions took turns to eulogize Professor Sawyerr for his contribution towards education, development policy and political governance.
For their part, the University of Ghana said Professor Sawyerr played a great role to improve academic freedom.
The two-day celebration will also feature activities such as photo exhibition and artistic performances.