State Funding of Political Parties Receives Boost
Forty-seven out of 50 strategically selected participants from different public, private and civil society organizations in the Ho District of the Volta Region have stressed the need to fund political parties.
According to them, political parties play a very cardinal role in sustaining multi-party democracy, but with the precarious financial and logistical condition of some of them, their roles in consolidating democracy in the country stand threatened.
They made their views known at a day’s forum organized by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) to collect and collate the views of Ghanaians on state funding of political parties.
They also agreed that the funding should not be in cash but through the provision of logistics that world help in the respective activities of political parties, adding that effective modalities must be put in place to ensure that the resources made available to them were properly utilized.
But those with dissenting opinions said that there were other pressing development priorities that require more serious attention than funding political parties.
They cited the situation at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where women were giving birth on the bare floor and structures that had been over-used that needed priority attention compared to the funding of political parties.
They suggested rather that political parties must be given the needed training and capacity to be able to undertake their own fundraising to be able to fund their activities.
One major issue that came to the fore during the forum was the fact that the interest of the Ghanaian electorate in political party activities had waned, due to the fact that the nationalistic goals that earlier parties like the United Gold Coast Convention UGCC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) strove for were different from what present day political parties were ventilating in their campaign.
The forum also noted that people did not have the interest in funding political parties because Members of Parliament (MPs) tended not to articulate the views of the people they represented but rather used the opportunity in furthering their own goals.
Source: Daily Graphic