Prof Ransford Gyampo, an associate professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has said the imposition of parliamentary candidates by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was the cause of the current hung Parliament.
He said though the current hung Parliament could benefit the country’s democracy, it could also be used to frustrate the government.
“Blame the current hardships also on the imposition of candidates by the NPP in the lead up to the 2020 Elections, that created the current Hung Parliament, which though beneficial, can also be used to frustrate governance in difficult times,” Gyampo said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, the chair of the governing board of Afrobarometer and co-founder of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has said he wishes Ghana continues to have a hung Parliament.
He said this will help cure the winner-takes-all system and help shape the country’s democratic process.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi said: “… I pray for more hung Parliaments. I think that is exactly what Ghana and Ghanaian democratic politics needed. It’s the kind of cure that we need for winner-takes-all.
“It is the kind of environment that we need in order to learn the habit of consensus building, cross-party consultation and compromise; because if the Majority and Minority sides don’t have the numbers, hopefully rather than go to war they will learn to talk.”