Prof Prempeh said the party cards were more valuable than the Ghana card
He said Ghanaian democracy currently favors partisan politicians
He noted that party ideologies overshadowed patriotism
Prof. Henry Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana, has expressed concern over what he describes as “state capture” by political parties.
According to him, the situation fueled partisan ideologies that replaced patriotism for the country.
He noted that the situation has also created a phenomenon where protocol, based on partisan criteria, has now become more valuable than meritocracy.
Speaking on Joy News’ Newsfile on Saturday, Prof Prempeh said: ‘We may not have a de jure one party as a state, and we don’t, but we have a state. gone now… the party that wins power, and I’m not just talking about winner-takes-all, but there’s a certain party-first ideology that has replaced national and public interest as the guiding principle of governance.
“In the 1960s, the slogan was that the CPP is Ghana, and Ghana is the CPP. Today, when the NPP is in power, the NPP is Ghana and Ghana is the NPP; and when their rivals take over, Ghana becomes the NDC, and the NDC becomes Ghana. The party card has become more valuable than the Ghana Card.”
He argued that “for the party card, they don’t need publicity at all; in fact they would hide it somewhere it’s a rare commodity… the offer is intentionally kept low by party leaders because in reality our parties don’t care so much about members they just want voters .
Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh has observed that Ghanaian democracy currently favors partisan politicians and their allies.
“Instead of democracy as government of the people, by the people and for the people, today the people largely count as subjects and voters once every four years. The protocol, based on partisan criteria, has now come to replace meritocratic and open recruitment in our public services and state enterprises,” he stressed.