Civil Society groups demand political reforms before 2016

Civil society, traditional and business leaders have bemoaned the effect of  political exclusion on Ghana’s development at the National Interest Dialogue held in Accra.

The organisers of the event, Civic Forum Initiative, are hoping political reforms being proposed at the dialogue will be taken on board to fill the gaps left by the constitutional review process.

The programme would also see the launch of a nation-wide campaign dubbed “The Urgency for Multi-party Governance Reforms, before 2016 Elections”.

Joy News’ Francis Abban who was at the Dialogue reported participants as saying the foundation for a better political system is at the District level.

They were however not impressed with how the District Assemblies are being run by the political elites.

The participants, including Chairman of the Peace Council Rev. Asante Antwi, Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey  all demanded political reforms especially at the District level.

They said, government must show it has the political will to making these reforms a reality.

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey  pointed out that challenges such as the growing polarization in the country is a recipe for coups.

He suggested increased political participation in the country.

Dr Akwetey warned that even though the current duopoly in Ghana’s political space is not new in many parts of the world, it may turn to be a monopoly and to the country’s disadvantage if the necessary checks and balances are not put in place.

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