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Don’t Monetize Political Party Campaigns – Panelists Argue

Speakers at a roundtable in Accra on the unique composition of the Eighth Parliament reiterated the need to tackle the monetization of political party campaigns.

They noted that the problem, if not effectively addressed, will continue to affect the image and activities of current and future parliaments.

The challenge of monetizing political party campaigns, they said, has also impacted the quality of those elected to represent their constituents in parliament.

While expressing differing opinions on whether or not the Eighth Parliament had met public expectations, speakers also observed that the quality of those elected to represent their constituents in Parliament had diminished over the years since the establishment. of the Fourth Republic.

They were speaking at a forum organized by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on the theme “Expectations versus reality – Navigating the unique composition of the 8th Parliament”.

Speakers were the Executive Director of CDD-Ghana, Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh; a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini; a former MP for Gomoa West, Alexander Abban, and an international trade consultant and global politics enthusiast, Maame Awinador-Kanyirige.

Political Parties Act

Professor Prempeh suggested the need to review the Political Parties Act and “in fact almost rewrite it and create rules to regulate political parties and ensure that an independent regulator and not the Electoral Commission deals with the financing of political parties and questions of internal democracy”.

“Political parties have been allowed to hijack our democracy and they are killing it; we must abide by the provisions of the Constitution regarding political parties, including the conduct of their internal affairs and enact strict laws to regulate their activities,” he stressed.

Expectations met

Alhaji Fuseini argued that his expectations had been met because the current “Hung” Parliament had proven to the government in power that it was no longer possible for the executive to have what it wanted like in the Parliaments previous ones.

For his part, Mr. Abban said that the quality of those elected to parliament and the influence of political parties to field candidates with mass appeal and resources rather than people who had the ability and competence to be in Parliament were issues that should be considered.

“Money becomes the most important factor in electing people to parliament; disregarding the essential parliamentary activity of law-making,” he said.

Education

Ms Awinador-Kanyirige called for urgent public education to understand the democratic system while institutionalizing democracy learning in schools to ensure people engage in “deliberative democracy” without political considerations.

She said the monetization of politics in Ghana was because people did not understand the creation of a democratic system.