Is having several political parties the way to Multiparty Democracy?


Venue: STAR-Ghana Conference Room

August 30, 2018
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Is having several political parties the way to Multiparty Democracy?

Odekro Brown Bag Series #10

30th August, 2018 | Thursday | STAR-Ghana Conference Room

Since the inception of the Fourth republic, from 1992 to 2017, a total of 25 years, political power has alternated between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC). According to a former Minister of Trade in the esrtwhile Kufuor administration, Dr Konadu Apraku, “Only two parties are destined to rule Ghana, the NPP and NDC, so the choice you have is for the NPP and NDC….”.

Some argue that except for changes in presidential portraits at the Jubilee House and government appendages, and occasional reconfiguration of seats at Parliament, nothing has really changed for the people of Ghana. “With (Ghana’s) independence came the hope that a system of multi-party democracy would be firmly established in Ghana. Unfortunately this was a vain hope. Those into whose hands power fell did not believe in political pluralism.”, says B. j da Rocha in the mid-1990s.

However, by all indications, the 3.7million who voted ‘yes’ for the constitution on the 28th of April 1992, among others, did not vote for a vain hope but a multi-party democracy allergic to political capture by two political parties and that guarantees equity in access to political representation. But aside NDC and NPP, why attempt to vote for a different party that by all indications and past voting trends suggests that they have a very minimal chance at political power? Or put bluntly, why ‘waste’ your voice on a smaller political party? Can what happened in Benin in 2006 where President Thomas Yayi Boni who came from outside the two main political parties in the country to win an election and become President, ever happen in Ghana?

Is the fact that for 24 years and counting, multi-party democracy in Ghana has been reduced to NPP or NDC a function of our current electoral system or a disorganization of the smaller political parties?

 

About the Panelists

Golda Naa Adaku Addo

 Naa Adaku is a turn-around strategist with multisectorial experience in political strategems, performance management, socio-politico-cultural development and civic engagement. She has worked with various political and developmental entities and projects since 2007.

Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Brigitte Dzogbenuku is the Founder and Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG), which runs programs that inspire and empower young women and girls into making a positive difference in their communities. She won the Fortune/Goldman Sachs Women’s Leadership Award in 2008. She was the 2016 Vice Presidential Candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP).

 

About Odekro Brown Bag Series:

The Odekro Brown Bag Series, sponsored by STAR-Ghana, is a monthly discussion forum that brings together social influencers, tech innovators, activists and policy advocates to reflect and share ideas on topical national issues. It aims to facilitate dialogue and encourage innovative policy and social responses to national challenges.