Political Scientist at the University of Ghana Prof Ransford Gyampo has lauded the appointment of Jane Naana Agyemang as running mate for former president John Mahama.
According to him, the appointment may sound good for women but it may not translate to vote as Ghanaian women have been known not to support their own.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, he said women always vote for their political parties and not necessarily their fellow women.
“Women are almost 52% of our population and ideally they should be excited about a woman being given that nod…if women are going to really constitute themselves into a constituency and vote their own, then the electoral fortunes of John Mahama will be great,” Prof Gyampo explained. “But unfortunately, since 1992, women have not constituted one constituency in supporting their own. Well, they’ll tell you we’re excited a woman has been given the nod but when it comes to voting they’ll tell you; you’re a good woman [but] because you don’t belong to (sic) my party, we’re not going to vote for you. And they’ve done this from 1992 till now (sic),” he noted.
He added that the argument about Naana Agyemang coming to champion the course of women will be flawed if subject to critical scrutiny.
“What we have to look for is somebody who will be able to match development. Look for somebody who will be able to help translate policies into tangible developmental outcomes that will be reflected in the lives of the ordinary people,” he stated.