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Scrambling for presidential slots, time for regulation?

botchway October 8, 2018


A phenomenon seems to be gaining roots in Ghana’s multiparty democracy as lots of individuals seemingly scramble for the flagbearership positions of their individual parties.

This entrenching phenomenon, though one can admit characterises the democratic advancement of Ghana, risks sending wrong signals to the electorate if not regulated.

Until during the 2008 electioneering, individuals who vied for flagbearership positions of political parties were not many, and it depicted purposefulness and ensured decency in campaigns.

However, it was during the 2008 electioneering that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) saw 18 individuals vying for the flagbearership position of the party, leading to them being labelled as a “gang of 18 thieves” by their opponents, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The NPP, however, identified the effects it had on their chances, and took the bold step to initiate amendments to its constitution to take care of same.

The party’s amendments were adopted and passed by the party’s National Council at its fifth general meeting on Tuesday, November 8, 2017, in Accra.

Some of the spillages of this phenomenon are campaigns of insults, mudslinging, character assassinations and deep-rooted hatred and divisions within the parties as a result of people doing everything in their power to outwit each other.

Ghana’s political space has been characterised by insults, character assassinations and unpleasant commentaries, a phenomenon that unnecessarily raises tensions during electioneering periods.

The phenomenon also heightens the corruption perception among the citizenry, since they perceive that politicians scramble for these positions due to the booty they see in it.

One would wonder what led to this.

It is the contention of The Chronicle that our political space needs to be sanitised with certain legislative introductions to ensure that only those who have proven themselves and their capabilities in real life present themselves for the position to steer the destiny of the nation.

The electorate should see our electioneering process as a serious engagement for national development, and not a trial and error and fancy branding venture.

As Ghana advances in democracy, it should periodically take stock of its electioneering processes and make it better.


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