Parties blame lack of logistics for inactivity

Dr Afari GyanSome less-endowed political parties in the country have explained why they appear to be inactive after the 2012 presiden-tial and parliamentary elections.

General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, said the party was reserving its logistical strength to be used when needed most in elections.

“We are working ourselves to see that the little that we have is put to the best use so that at the end of the day it doesn’t appear that you started early but you cannot complete the race.” he told Joy News in Accra.

The National Democratic Party (NDP), which is barely three years old, led by former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings also clarified why it has been dormant all this while.

Dr Josiah Aryeh, a stalwart of the NDP, told Joy News that the party has been dormant for “strategic reasons”.

He said:“You have four years to plan for parliamentary and constituency elections, so you don’t really go all out right from the beginning. You have to pace yourself, know when to hit the ground running, know where to put your money.”

The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), led by Dr. Henry Lartey, has also been dormant compared to how vociferous they were in 2012, when it called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to boycott the vetting of ministers by Parliament. The NPP was then protesting the declaration of John Mahama as winner of the presidential polls.

The Convention People’s Party, which has one seat in Parliament, has been relatively quiet except for its campaign against the introduction of genetically modified foods using the Plant Breeders Bills, currently in Parliament.

The Political Parties Act gives the Electoral Commission (EC) the power to withdraw the license of non-functioning parties.

However, the EC has been reluctant in pushing out dormant political parties, probably because they want to give them time to grow.

– myjoyonline

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