IDEG calls for multi-party democracy fund

Accra, The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has proposed the establishment of a multi-party democracy fund to support political parties to develop their manifestoes, policies and annual conferences.

The fund, which would assist the parties to translate their manifestoes into four-year medium term policy programmes and policy oriented annual conferences, should be instituted and made mandatory for political parties.

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, the Executive Director of IDEG, made the proposal in Accra at a Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) consultation on local governance reform and constitutional amendment.

He explained that such a fund would strengthen the policy and research departments of political parties in formulating pragmatic development policies and transform the parties from mere electoral machineries to development oriented organisations.

The financial support to the parties will help reduce the reliance on party financiers which in turn would reduce the monetization of politics in the country, curb cronyism and corruption when parties come into government, he added.

Dr Akwetey said political parties lacked research and policy departments and public policy education, stressing that the political parties’ formulation of manifestoes and their translation into actionable programmes are ad hoc and tenuous.

He therefore called for adjustments of the country’s power structure through constitutional reform to dismantle the monopoly of executive and political power, which concentrated in the hands of one political party and redistribute it among many political parties.

This is critical because the party that wins elections in the current political system monopolizes power and resources to the exclusion of all other political parties, he said.

He said the system empowers the President to appoint Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and 30 per cent of all Assembly members further centralizing political and economic power in the executive.

Source: Ghana News Agency