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Having 12 Candidates On A Ballot Paper Is A Waste of Space – Gyampo To EC

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Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has urged the Electoral Commission to shun election machines and ensure only political parties exist in the country.

According to him, having parties that only surface during elections and then go to bed after, is not the way to go as a country.

To him, having 12 candidates on the ballot box is a waste of time.

“The clearance by the Electoral Commission of as many as 12 candidates to be on our ballot papers will not only create confusion in voter selection during voting, but would also amount to a waste of space on the ballot papers,” he said in a statement.

See full statement below:

A multiparty democracy connotes the existence of more than two political parties, with more or less equal political strength, such that in any major electoral contestation, it becomes difficult for only one party to win a clear majority of votes, without the support of other political parties.

This is the true definition of a multiparty democracy. Until political parties in Ghana strive to achieve this, the clearance by the Electoral Commission of as many as 12 candidates to be on our ballot papers will not only create confusion in voter selection during voting, but would also amount to a waste of space on the ballot papers.

Multiparty Democracy is expensive, I agree. But the space it provides for electoral contestation, must only be given to political parties worth their salt, not election machines.

If only one party can win an election without the support of any other political party, then we are not a true multiparty democracy. The space for electoral contestation in a true multiparty democracy can only be given to political Parties that also functions in the inter-election period, as agents of interest aggregation, agents of interest articulation, agents of Political socialization, agents of leadership grooming, agents for shaping the political destinies and socio-economic well-being of Ghana, as well as agents that offer constructive criticisms that keep regimes on their toes to do the right thing.

A political group that surfaces only during elections and goes to sleep afterwards, only to be heard when there is another election, is not a political party, but an election machine.

Not until political parties accept this blunt truth, and be strategic in what they crave for; and until the Electoral Commission rigidly enforce our electoral laws as they apply to political parties in inter-election period, or in between election seasons, Ghana may remain duopolistic for a long time, particularly, when partisan realignment is rare in transitional democracies like Ghana.

It is only a true multiparty democracy that can have as many as 12 candidates on a ballot paper in an electoral contestation. As we grow our democracy, our Electoral Commission must move beyond its narrow focus on elections, and activate its other regulatory functions of ensuring that only Political Parties exist and operate in the body politic, and not election machines.

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NDC Will Allow Other Candidates Contest Mahama For Flagbearer Role – Asiedu Nketia

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General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says the party will not stop former flagbearer aspirants and new candidates from contesting John Dramani Mahama for the flagbearership in the 2024 polls.

Speaking on Class FM Monday, he noted that nothing within the party’s constitution disqualifies Mr Mahama from contesting again and therefore he’ll be allowed to lead the party if the structures permit.

“He was one of the people who contested the presidential primaries and won and proceeded to lead the party in the general election and the party claims he did not lose. So, if he decides to come back, there’s nothing within the party that disqualifies him”, Mr Asiedu Nketia said.

“The party does not impose candidates or the leadership of the party does not impose candidates”, he said, adding: “We allow the structures to make their decisions and we implement the decisions”.

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What Are You Contributing To Ghana’s Development? – Gabby To Akufo-Addo Gov’t Critics

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Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has asked critics of the ruling government what they’re also doing to contribute to nation building.

According to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, before anyone comes out to bastardize the government on what is going wrong with Ghana, that person must first ask himself the role he’s also playing to make Ghana better.

“Before you do what we do best, which is to use your social media to once again highlight what is wrong with Ghana, ask yourself, “what am I doing this week as a positive add on to nation building?”, he shared on Facebook.

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NDC Supporters Hailing Sammy Gyamfi Over Facebook Post Attacks On Bagbin, Haruna – Asiedu Nketia

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says Communications Director of the party, Sammy Gyamfi spoke the mind of the rank and file of the party regarding his Facebook post following approval of nominees by Parliament.

Sammy Gyamfi expressed his disappointment in the NDC leadership in Parliament after the approved some nominees of President Akufo-Addo.

Speaking on Joy News, Asiedu Nketia noted that Sammy Gyamfi could have couched his message differently however, he’s been hailed by the rank and file of the party for his comment.

“Leadership is at levels and if it were somebody at the national executive who has served at Parliament before and is very conversant about the procedures and processes in Parliament maybe the statement would have been couched differently”.

“So, the fact that Sammy Gyamfi ventilated the voice of the rank-and-file of the party is not a problem; the problem was how the statement was couched. The rank-and-file are hailing Sammy Gyamfi but the problem is that some of us who know about the workings and rules of Parliament we felt that part of the statement was not in good taste.”

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