Former President John Dramani Mahama, a presidential contender for the major opposing party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said that if he gains reelection in the 2024 polls, he will end the practice of paying members of the Executive ex-gratia under Article 71.As quickly as he becomes office, Mr. Mahama said he will take the required actions to stop the payment. John Dramani Mahama, a past president, thinks he is the finest choice to lead the National Democratic Congress into the upcoming general election.
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Over the decades at least, ex-gratia payouts, particularly to persons of the Executive Branch, such as the President, Vice President, State Ministers, and Members of Parliament, such as the Speaker of Parliament, have been a hot topic in public debates, with many voicing varying opinions on whether or not they must be abolished.
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Mahama attacked the current Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party administration while speaking to party members and supporters, claiming they arrived promising to improve Ghana but wound up wrecking its economy.Ex-gratia payments to members of the executive will be discontinued. The requisite legal steps will be taken in earnest in 2025. We will also encourage members of the administration’s other branches to approve its elimination.