As part of plans to educate and inform the electorate on the policies of political parties, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in partnership with the National Lottery Authority (NLA), yesterday held a draw to determine the order of appearance of political parties on its radio and TV platforms.
The draw, which saw the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) come 12th and major opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), 6th, out of 17 registered political parties, was the first step towards realising the state broadcaster’s decision to offer free platforms to political parties to share their ideas and strategies with the electorate.
The draw also saw Convention Peoples Party (CPP) come 3rd, All Peoples Party (APC) ,14th, National Democratic Party (NDP) ,8th, Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), 4th, Peoples National Convention (PNC) ,7th, United Front Party (UFP), 9th, Eagle Party, 13th and Democratic People’s Party (DPP) which took the 1st position were the other political parties involved in the draw.
Others included the Great Consolidated Peoples Party (GCPP), 5th, Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) ,16th, United Renaissance Party, 11th, United Progressive Party (UPP) ,17th, Independent People’s Party, 2nd, United Love Party, 15th and United Development System Party, which came 10th.
According the Acting Director General, of GBC, Mrs. Francisca Ashietey- Odunton, the political parties would be appearing on GBC platforms based on the outcome of the draw.
She reiterated the commitment of the state broadcaster in carrying out its mandate of providing fair opportunities to all political parties to present their programmes to the public.
The Board Chairman of GBC, Richard Kwame Asante, said the Corporation, through its platforms, would play its role in ensuring the country becomes the ultimate winner in this year’s general elections.
He said the state broadcaster would continue to pursue transparency to enhance democratic governance in the country.
He entreated political parties to take advantage of the provision to educate Ghanaians on policies and strategies to be implemented that would drive development.
By Claude Nyarko Adams and Rebecca Kajelo