Ghana former leader, John Dramani Mahama is the latest to add his voice for the increment of presidential tenure of office to five years.
Delivering a Lecture on Democracy and Elections in Contemporary Africa at the Said Business School in London over the weekend, Mr Mahama said it takes almost two years for the leader to get things running smoothly after elections thereby cutting to only two years the implementation period for projects outlined for transformation.
“I agree with President Kufuor I think a five-year term is better, first year, when you are elected, you are forming your government and before you’ve settled in you are in your second year, third year, fourth year you’re fighting an election. So essentially you have just two years to work and it makes it difficult.”, he said.
Former president John Agyekum Kufuor was the first to launch the call for the presidential tenure in the country to be increased to five or six years.
Ghana’s constitution currently allows an elected president to stay in office for four years after which he can seek re-election for a second term.
Other African countries that practice similar system include Nigeria and Egypt. Most African countries have their presidents going for 5 or 7-year terms.