Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has revealed that the mode under which various political parties in Ghana chose its Parliamentary Candidates, national, regional, constituencies, wards and polling stations executives makes the genesis of corruption in Ghana.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu explained that various political parties in Ghana especially the two big parties ie the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are in breach of Article 55 (9) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
Article 55 (9) of the 1992 Constitution states that “The members of the national executive committee of a political party shall be chosen from all regions of Ghana.”
Even though Article 55 (9) of the 1992 Constitution make it clear without any ambiguity, various political parties should chose its leadership, current crop of parties especially the two big parties NDC, NPP rather elect its leadership –from polling stations, wards, constituencies, national, regional executives as well as Parliamentary Candidates (PCs)which is a clear breach of Article 55 (9). The Parliamentary Affairs Minister pointed out.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who made this revelation at a forum on yesterday organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Democratic Elections in Ghana explained that if a national executive members, PCs and others go through vigorous elections where they spent huge sums of money to win, they will certainly plug back those investment in three, four or five folds and this become the genesis of corruption.
He couldn’t hide his worries and pain when he disclosed that the country’s intra and inter- party politics is being by overtaken by money.
“The issue of the increasingly excessive monetization of our politics must be dear to the heart of the CSOs. My ministry has flagged it because we find it is one of the causes of the unusual high attrition rates in our Legislature.” He reiterated.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister was full of praise for the CSOs which attended the forum. Saying since the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs was re-instituted by His Excellency the President in January 2017, we have met a number of times. It is on record that our meetings with Civil Society have been very well patronized.
He continued, “You have always shown great depth and appreciation of the issues on the agenda. Our interaction today, themed “Civil Society Organizations and Democratic Elections: the 2020 Elections in Focus” is in line with our Strategic Policy Objectives and Priority areas for concentration in 2020 under the key issue “Deepening Democratic Governance”.
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is your ally as it is positioned as a conduit to and from Parliament. We look forward to consolidating our relations with you going forward by engaging relevant CSOs as our stakeholders on Bills, Instruments, and Agreements etc etc. We should engage more for the betterment of our governance. Our doors are always open. Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Director at the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, in his welcome address said the purpose of the day’s forum with CSOs aims at strengthening the CSOs involved in elections 2020, to enhance the integrity of the electoral process and improve accountability, transparency and participatory democracy in Ghana.
According to him the forum was also aimed at examining the contribution of CSOs thus far to the electoral process.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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