Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director, Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), has said that the Inter- Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), is an ineffective political arrangement that could hinder Ghana’s democratic process.
If not reformed, the arrangement, he said, could be the source of a disturbing political environment.
Dr. Akwetey made these remarks yesterday in Accra during a lecture on the theme “Public Relations and Peaceful Elections: your role, my role”, organised by the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana (IPR).
According to him, IPAC has become “ineffective” and “the binary module has also become ineffective”.
“IPAC in its current form puts a lot of constraints on the Electoral Commission’s work due to the display of entrenched political positions at that forum”, he said.
“Consensus building and dialogue in the IPAC has become extremely difficult”, he noted stressing that in the case of any disagreement, the EC was rendered static in the implementation of its programmes and activities.
Dr Akwetey bemoaned the attitude of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) towards the EC, which was gradually distorting the multiparty democracy being practised in the country, adding that the unfortunate behaviour hinders consensus building, which was a key to deepening the country’s democracy.
He called for an operational regulation for political parties to ensure they work within their space and limit.
Opening the lecture, Elaine Sam, President, IPR Ghana, said it was important that political commentators exercised tolerance during the period of electioneering as opinions differ from one to another.
She called on media practitioners to display high level of professionalism and rationality in their contents to avoid favouring or towing the line of one party over the opponent.
“We have a critical role to play as media personnel, to educate and inform the public of policies of political parties and hold them accountable for their actions. Let us be mindful of the weight behind our words”, she stressed.
Mrs Sam reiterated the need to revive the Association of Professional Bodies to offer key players in professional areas the platform to participate in national discourse.
By Claude Nyarko Adams