Obour pushes for slash in minimum age for presidency

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Hiplife musician, Bice Osei-Kuffuor, aka Obuor, has veered off the
showbiz arena where he has laid his claim into the unfamiliar territory
of politics to launch a vigorous campaign for a constitutional
amendment to reduce the minimum age for qualification to contest the
high office of President of Ghana.

“I
believe the Constitution is not fair to the youth by pegging the age to
contest for the Presidency at 40. Cutting out the youth entirely from
holding that position is not good for the nation. I know elsewhere, it
is not 40 but they have a very good economy”, he said.

Obuor,
accompanied by his spokesperson and Communication Director, Nana Yaw
Osei Darkwa, walked into the offices of the Daily Graphic last Thursday
to protest against what he described as the “raw deal” being meted out
to the youth in respect of high political positions, particularly the
Presidency.

“This is a youth revolution”, he declared, pointing
out that his audience with the Daily Graphic was only the beginning of
a vigorous national campaign aimed at rallying support for an amendment
of the Constitution to ensure that the youth got the chance to become
President.

Article 62 (b) of the Constitution provides that a
person shall not be qualified for election as the President of Ghana
unless he has attained the age of 40 years.

However, the 2005
Ghana Music Award celebrity said that constitutional provision was
inappropriate because there was a large number of the youth below 40
years who were very well qualified and had the ability to become
President of Ghana, insisting that it was time to give the youth a
chance.

He did not understand why the constitutional framers
deemed it fit to peg the voting age at 18 but the qualification age for
President at 40, adding that although he was not advocating the
reduction of the qualification age for President to 18, the age limit
ought to be reduced from 40.

“If you have to be 40 before you
have the wisdom to manage the affairs of the state and people who are
not 40 are voting you into power, then you are ruling by default”, he
argued.

Obuor, who read Political Science at the University of
Ghana, Legon, graduating in 2005, and is currently a student of
Leadership and Governance, said the allusion that old age was
synonymous with maturity and wisdom, for which reason the qualification
age for the President might have been pegged at 40, was very erroneous.

According
to Obuor, the demands of the office of President in the current global
dispensation required a lot of energy and that put the youth in a
better stead to be vested with such political authority.

He said
the youth constituted majority of the country’s voter population and so
to deny them the opportunity to be President or serve in other high
political offices amounted to a raw deal against them.

Obuor
said the youth had been marginalised for far too long in so many
national endeavours and indicated that his campaign was to provoke a
national debate on the issue.

The popular hiplife musician said
his campaign was not for self aggrandisement but in the larger interest
of the youth, many of whom had demonstrated mental fortitude and
capacity to serve in the high office of President.

When asked
whether he is nurturing a personal ambition to be President of Ghana,
he responded with a broad smile; “If not now, in the future”.