‘Vote for leaders with realistic policies’

Prof Gyampo

Prof Gyampo

Professor Ransford Gyampo, Research Fellow with the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), has cautioned politicians against the perception that once they become popular, any means is a sure way of canvassing votes from the electorate.
He stressed that the notion was a mistake; hence politicians should ensure they had realistic policies and interventions to improve the livelihood of the citizenry.

“Go beyond media support or popularity to work out your votes, popularity does not necessarily mean acceptance,” he warned at a forum to discuss a publication, ‘The Primary Contenders”-Analyses of the 2018 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Primaries and Candidates’.

Prof Gyampo indicated that “it is important that the aspirants seek clearance with respect to any issue bordering on the country’s constitutional provisions, to guide them in their quest to contribute to national development.”

Franklin Cudjoe, President of Policy Think-Tank-IMANI-Africa, who was also at the launch emphasised the need for political leaders to come up with realistic plans that could be scrutinised.

He observed that “there are keen leadership qualities in all of them and what counted more was their ability to make accurate estimations and come up with equally suitable solutions”. –asempanews.com

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