GHANA DOESN’T NEED MORE THAN 5 POLITICAL PARTIES IN OUR ELECTIONS
Any fledgling democracy such as ours gets enhanced by the birthing of political parties.
However, the expected growth cannot be realized with the mushrooming of so many political parties.
Many have described the views against the Ghanaian phenomenon in which we have been saddled with so many parties as sophomoric, but the arguments being adduced against the current trend are too cogent to ignore.
Though the Electoral Commission, after thoroughly vetting the documents submitted by the 17 political parties, found out that 5 were unfit for purpose and disqualified them, the 12 on the ballot are too many.
One tends to ask what motivating factors make these ramshackle of political parties come up to contest knowing very well that they have no chance in hell being voted for.
Ghana’s political space is dominated by the ruling New Patriotic Party and the opposition National Democratic Congress. Most of these smaller parties if not all of them, are operating under shadows of these two giants.
Having so many parties on the ballot is a waste of space. It also confuses some people who may end up voting for these parties unknowingly when they may have other targets.
Another demerit of having so many parties on the ballot is the fact that it puts a lot of financial strain on the state as much more would have to be spent to print long ballot papers.
The training by the EC for political parties would impact adversely on the EC as well as the state as many agents other than the usual number would be involved in such trainings.
It is in the interest of the state to enact strict regulations to prevent more than five parties to participate in our electoral processes since the obvious has always been the duopoly of the NPP and NDC.
Smaller parties in their entirety have failed over the years to make a stronger case for their continuous existence as far as our elections are concerned.
These drowsy political groupings only pollute our political system with their incoherent rhetoric and alien ideologies. I do not see any other parties apart from the NPP, NDC, CPP, PNC and PPP. The others are wasting space and resources of the state.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.