CDD Director Condemns Funding of Parties
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi says public financing of political parties will be a drain on the national treasury. He observed that the consensus among political parties for public financing of their activities reflected the behavior of a cartel interested in promoting sectarian agenda instead of the national one.
In an interview with the Graphic, Professor Gyimah-Boadi called for caution in order to prevent this policy from degenerating into a social welfare scheme for unemployed politicians.
He declared: “If anybody deserves social welfare at public expense, it should not be the politician but first the retired public servants, teachers, veterans and the physically challenged.”
Professor Gyimah-Boadi affirmed the importance of political parties in the growth of democracy, for which reason the well being and survival of the party system should be a matter of concern to the public, the state and the government. But said the best the state could do for political parties was to assist them to raise loans just like any business entity and not to give them public money.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi said the irony of the suggestion was that whereas the state relied on external funding of the Electoral Commission and the Electoral process, individual political parties were clamoring for public funds.
Source: Joy Online