AS we all know internal political parties’ elections are key in every democratic dispensation.
POLITICAL parties’ leaders primarily are elected either to help a party to capture power or retain power.
AND since the inception of the Fourth Republic, political parties in Ghana, notably, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) have been able to live up to this task although not without hitches and wrangling.
HOWEVER, what is gradually becoming worrying in our politics today is the fact that, money has now taken the centre stage of internal elections of political parties.
POWER is now sold to the highest bidder, and not the one who has integrity and committed to the cause of the country.
IT is for this reason that, Today agrees with the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei- Kyei Mensah –Bonsu’s assertion that, the growth of corruption in the country now is as a result of how party leaders are elected.
ACCORDING to him, elections are not the only means available for choosing leaders.
“The processes adopted by the two parties are not known in any established democracies. Parties and candidates spend heavily on these elections; are we not sowing seeds of corruption with the processes,” Mr Mensah-Bonsu noted.
WE believe it is not too late as a country, particularly, the various political parties to do something about this canker because the end results will definitely affect the development of the country.
AND we cannot continue on that path, if really we want to reap the benefits of democracy.