The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, is set to hold a national stakeholders’ dialogue to interrogate the phenomenon of monetization of Ghana’s politics, with the view of implementing mutually agreed procedures, and steps aimed at curtailing the increasing corruption, influence and capture in the multi-layered intra party elections.
The national stakeholders’ dialogue is in line with one of its thematic areas in the 2019 Action Plan culled from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework : “Governance, Corruption and Public Accountability”, with a policy objective of deepening democratic governance.
Under the theme: “Governance, Corruption and Public accountability”, with specific emphasis on monetisation of elections, this national dialogue will be held on Monday 8th July, 2019, at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) auditorium.
This consultation is aimed at interrogating the existing intra-party electoral arrangement that foster monetisation and their implications for Influence, Corruption and Capture, and whether these arrangements can effectively safeguard Ghana’s democracy.
There is a general disquiet and a sense of despondency that not much can be done about this phenomenon.
It is in the light of this that, the Ministry seeks to engage the primary stakeholders before the start of the primaries of political parties to elect parliamentary candidates.
Objectives of the Dialogue
This engagement is guided by the following objectives:
- Discuss the inadequacies of the existing modes of conducting primaries by the political parties.
- Develop a strategy to strengthen internal party democracy.
- Examine the causes and consequences of monetization of politics in Ghana.
- Provide concrete recommendations to curb the monetization of politics.
The dialogue, under the auspices of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, would feature Members of Parliament, Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Core, Development Partners, Leadership of all registered Political Parties and Academia.
Others include; democracy- enhancing Civil Society Organizations, Student Leaders, Traditional Rulers, National Peace Council, Independent Governance Institutions, the media and other stakeholders in Ghana’s democratic development.
Source: Blessing Roselyn Boateng/Editor/www.newslinegh.com