Twelve Presidential Candidates on the ballot paper is a waste – Ransford Gyampo

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Professor Ransford Gyampo, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, has observed that some political parties only resurface during election years and go to sleep thereafter which was helpful for multiparty democracy.

He said those groups were not political parties worth their salt rather election machines and realise it a waste of space for some of the parties to be cleared by the Electoral Commission (EC) to contest elections.

Prof Gyampo suggested that “real sense of multiparty democracy should be target such that in any major electoral contestation, it becomes difficult for one party to win clear majority of votes, without support and assistance of other political parties.

“Until political parties in our country strive to achieve it, clearance by Electoral Commission of as many as 12 candidates to be on ballot papers will not only create confusion in voter selection during voting, but will also amount to waste of space on the ballot papers.

“A multiparty democracy connotes existence of more than two political parties, with more or less equal political strength, such that in any major electoral contestation, it becomes difficult for only one party to win clear majority of votes, without support and assistance of other political parties.

Source: GhanaianTimes