Legal Practitioner and Member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Opanin Kwame Jantuah has divulged that it’s time for Africa to decide on how to run elections. In an interview on Tv Africa’s Breakfast live morning Show, the Llegal Practitioner said there is greed, selfishness and dishonesty among African Politicians and also said that the manner at which the political parties are being run is questionable in the sense that, there is no accountability for political party fundings and also lack of transparency .
He claimed that , elections in Africa have not been as clean as we had hoped it to be and that there must be something wrong with the system and something really needs to be done.
According to him, politics in Africa has become a profession “ I think politics in Africa has become a profession and Africa and most Africa leaders go there and go with good intentions but end up doing things that really hard to understand.
Opanin Jantuah in his submission questioned the manner at which electoral commissions are being appointed. He said “ When you have an electoral commission which leader is put in place by the governing party that is the president, it creates a huge lot of problems and the first problem is lack of trust, and watch lack of trust, it runs through quite a lot of things , luck of accountability, the trust that the electoral commission would try and be independent all though they say they are independent “.
Then later urged that there should be leaders of electoral commission who are not elected by the government of the country and there should be in an existence of absolute trust in the electoral commission because elections that don’t seem to have gone the right way can create wars.
He further expressed skepticism on the credibility of the constitution on politics “ You then ask the question, the constitution that we have, is the constitution fit enough for today’s politics? , some may say yes, some may say no but I don’t understand why the constitution that is supposed to be dynamic because politics is dynamic, thirty years old and nothing changes? I find it very difficult to understand the dynamic process with the constitution that is thirty years, we don’t change anything? Something must happen because the constitution is what guides everybody in this country and is the number one law and if the number one law doesn’t seem to be inline with the changes in society, then it creates problems.” He said.
He then stated that he is against the idea of political parties being in loggerheads with each other because according to him, we are building a nation and not political parties and therefore the people who put political parties in that positions are part and parcel of building that nation.
REPORTER – AMPONSAH PHILIP
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