‘NPP’s move to protect female parliamentary aspirants is unconstitutional’

Mr Kwabena Adjapong,General Secretary,NPPDr. Frankie Asare-Donkoh, a political scientist and media and communication consultant has described as political suicide, the decision by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to allow   its 16 female sitting members of parliament to go unopposed in the upcoming primaries as a breach of the 1992 Constitution.

Besides, he said the call on qualified NPP members not to contest female sitting MPs is a recipe for court battles, breakaways, and could compel qualified NPP members to contest the 2016 elections as independent candidates.

In a statement copied to The Ghanaian Times, Dr. Asare-Donkoh advised the NPP to withdraw the strategies, saying the action can open the flood gate for legal controversies by aggrieved members.

“It is incumbent on all political parties to always be mindful of their actions to ensure that they operate according to the 1992 Constitution. Parties could adopt international and mutually acceptable arrangements in individual constituencies which would not breach any parts of the constitution. The NPP should by now know its safe seats, and out of these seats a certain percentage could be set aside for females by internally discussing with stakeholders in respective constituencies,” he said.

“Much as the NPP’s commitment to promote an affirmative action to get more females into parliament and also help certain under-represented ethnic groups in parliament is very commendable, the party’s method in achieving this as announced in its release last night, is in very bad taste and is likely to create unnecessary tension in the party, and also negatively affect our national democratic process,” he said.

Dr. Asare-Donkoh who disagreed with this entrenched position said the 1992 Constitution must serve as a basis for arriving at conclusions sensitive to matters of this nature.

He said the 1992 Constitution enjoins equality before the law irrespective of religion, gender or economic status pointing to Article 17 to buttress his assertion.

Article 17 (1) states that: “All persons shall be equal before the law”, while (2) says, “A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status”.

By Times Reporter   

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