Hold Your Parliamentary Candidates Accountable… Dr Jonah

A Senior Research fellow of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) and a former Head of political Science Department  of University of Ghana  Dr. Kwesi Jonah, has asked electorate in the Salaga South constituency to make their parliamentary candidates accountable.

Dr.  Jonah made this known at a Governance Issues Forum (GIF) Elections Platform organized by IDEG and the Civic forum initiative for parliamentary candidates in the Salaga South constituency one of the 12 constituencies earmarked for the exercise.

He said the platform will create room for the  electorates  to ask questions on what policies, plans and initiatives the candidates will bring on board in ensuring total development within their various constituencies.

“The electorates have been at the receiving end of unfulfilled promises presented to them as policy ideas by political parties and candidates and as a result, the public has become disillusioned and lost trust and confidence in the politician”  he added.

Similarly, in an interview, Mr. Ewald Garr, a Senior Research Officer at IDEG, he  noted that elections which offers the opportunity for citizens to select leaders  would bring about desired development required issue based dialogues between citizens and would-be leaders. The outcome of such dialogues can become a social contact upon which the citizens can hold the leader accountable when voted into power.

In all, three candidates from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – Braimah Adam Salifu, People’s National Convention (PNC) – Muntari Abdul Jalil and an independent candidate Bagyim  Mbido Abraham  were present with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and an independent candidate being absent.

The debate which was very peaceful and issue focused brought together different groups of people from the Salaga community.  Men, women, the youth and people with disability were well represented.

The platform was also used to sensitize the public to avoid violence before, during and after the Elections.

The GIF Elections Platform is sponsored by STAR Ghana, Ford Foundation, Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy and Mondelez International.

The team will be in Tempane on Wednesday 23 November continue with the program

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Christopher Amoako