Political parties must rigorously review cost of internal elections

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Political parties have been asked to rigorously review the cost of internal elections to desist from the large sums of money spent during internal processes which breed corruption.

It is the usual practice for the parties in power and those in opposition to spend heavily on campaigning and on elections.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who doubles as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, urged both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who are worst culprits must minimise such processes to sustain democratic dispensation within the parties.

Speaking at the post budget workshop at Koforidua in the Eastern Region at the weekend in the Eastern Region, he observed that “the NPP and the NDC must do a serious introspection of the process that the two parties are engaged in because it is not known in any established democracy, if one is to be blunt, the parties spend too much on internal elections and we need some corrections in what we do,” Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu bemoaned.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, had urged political parties to put in place mechanisms to deal with financial malfeasance.

“Political parties in general, not just NDC, must have mechanisms with their own party that identifies miscreants, people who misbehave, especially people who misbehave with money.

This followed former President and fellow flagbearer hopeful, John Mahama, admitting that campaign funds and logistics for election 2016 were diverted, creating issues within the party.

Mr. Spio-Garbrah said checking diversions at the party level could have positive effects on governance saying “the party must have mechanisms for disciplining people who can be proven to have diverted party resources because the challenge with corruption is, it often begins in the party.

“When party executives misbehave and nothing happens to them, the same individuals often end up in government and then continue their misbehavior,” Mr Spio-Garbrah cautioned –citinewsroom.com


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