Lydia Forson chides politicians over ‘expensive’ campaigns amid broke economy

Ghanaian actress and social critic, Lydia Forson, has mocked Ghanaian politicians over their lavish spending on election campaigns despite constantly lamenting that the country lacks resources.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Forson questioned why politicians would spend millions of cedis to win power and “fix” a “broke” country.

“The country is broke, but people are spending millions to come into power to ‘fix it’. Such beautiful charity,” her tweet on Wednesday, May 10, read.

Forson’s comments come as the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), gear up for primaries to elect parliamentary and presidential candidates ahead of the 2024 general elections.

The elections are typically characterized by excessive spending, with candidates doling out money, gifts, and other items to woo delegates.

Critics argue that the funds spent on elections could be better used to fund developmental projects given that the politicians claim to be seeking power to develop the country.

Miss Forson, who is known for calling out societal ills, appears to share in this view.

She noted in her tweet that she finds it ironic and hypocritical that politicians would pump so much money into getting elected when they claim the reason for running is to fix Ghana’s struggling economy.

The lavish nature of election spending in Ghana has been a long-standing concern, with many calling for campaign finance laws to regulate funding and make the process more transparent.

However, others argue that regulating campaign financing could infringe on freedoms of speech and expression.



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