CPI 2019: Ghana Scores 41 Out of 100

Golden Jubilee House, Accra, Ghana

January 23, 2020//-Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2019 and ranked 80 out of 180 countries/territories included in this year’s index put together by the Ghana Integrity Initiative – the local chapter of Transparency International.

This year’s score of 41 shows that Ghana’s score remained the same compared to its CPI 2018 score of 41.

Ghana, however, performed better than 37 other sub-Saharan African countries including Burkina Faso – 40, Lesotho – 40, Ethiopia – 37, Gambia – 37, Tanzania – 37, and performed below nine others.

In 2019, while Ghana performed better than Burkina Faso and Lesotho, she could not catch up with countries like South Africa, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe that scored better than her in 2018.

In its recommendations, the GII said the following:

1. Government must take a critical look at elements that promote public sector corruption including patronage, clientelism, nepotism and suspiciously close ties between politics and business.

2. Government should enforce sanctions against vote buying, abuse of incumbency and threats to voters in order to ensure the 2020 elections are held in a fair and transparent environment.

3. Political parties must demonstrate a high sense of integrity and transparency in all their campaign finances to avoid the snares of ‘political entrepreneurs’

4. The Electoral Commission should enforce sections 13 and 14 of the Political Parties Act, 2000 (Act 574) which deal with declaration of assets and expenditure by political parties.

5. Civil society organisations, including the media, must offer equal opportunities for espousing of ideas, programmes and plans and create platforms to hold duty bearers accountable.

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