Parties making empty promises -IMANI

xxxA study conducted by IMANI Ghana, a think- tank,has revealed that the promises in the 2016 campaign messages of the political parties in  the country are largely empty promises.

According to the study 75 per cent of the 247 promises that have been made by the six major political parties, and analysed by IMANI,were considered empty promises.

The promises were centered ongovernance, economy, education, infrastructure, and social policy.

The parties are Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), which has launched its manifesto, the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), National Democratic Party (NDP), Peoples National Convention (PNC), National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The study conducted between June and August this year is titled”Analysis of Key Promises by Political Parties.”

Speaking ata stakeholder conference to present the findings of the study in Accra yesterday, a policy analyst of IMANI, Andrew Ntim, said manifestoes and campaign messages were critical to  the democratic process as they  explain  the  ideals and vision of the political parties and projects  they intend to execute  when given political power.

According to Mr.Ntim most of the projects promised by the political parties were largely empty promises, because the parties had not definedthe projects they intend to execute, the cost and how they intend to finance the projects.

That, he said, that would make it difficult for the public to demand accountability from the political parties if given the nod to govern the country.

Touching on the promises by the respective political parties, the policy analyst said PPP had made 49 promises and 36 of the promises were noted to be empty promises.

He said CPP had made 38 promises  and  28 were considered empty promises because  the cost of those projects had not been computed.

MrNtimdisclosed that the NDP had made 45 promises and 40 were deemed empty promises, while the PNC had also made 62 promises which 46 were empty promises.

He said the two major political parties, NDC and NPP, which are yet to release their party manifestoes, had made 20 and 29 promises respectively.

Each of the two parties, he said had made fourteen promises which were considered as empty promises.

For instance, on education, the two major parties had not done a cost analysis of how much it would cost to implement the free Senior High School policy they intend to implement when voted into power.

The Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI, Franklin Cudjoe, said  “it is very important for the citizens to demand accountability from their political leaders.”

“So many statements have been made prior to the 2016 general elections.  It is important to ask questions and seek clarifications from the promises made.  This is because the monies the politicians use to finance developmental projects are not their personal money,” he said.

Mr. Cudjoe disclosed that the six political parties were selected based on their participation in the IEA debate and the fact that have visibility across the country.

The programme which was broadcasted live on some radio stations was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the political parties, international development organisations and donor partners, civil society organisations, media and a cross section of the public.

By  KingsleyAsare&Dinah Twumasi


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