Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ghana: Political scientist calls for independent President in 2016

Mr Carl Wilson, a political scientist, has called on Ghanaians to use the November 7, General Election as a platform to elect the first independent President, who would not be influenced by any political party.

“Let us start to negotiate the way forward, let us consider the reason why, as a nation and as a people, we must come together and change the way we are governed.

“Let us throw out the current system and replace it with a New System of Governance prescribed by the Constitution.”

He told Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday that Ghana is not going in the right direction and since the 1992 Constitution was promulgated, Ghanaians have been ruled by Executive Presidents, who are made powerless by the dictates of the political parties that brought them to power.

This phenomenon therefore, in his opinion, influences the citizenry to constantly agitate for change.

He said after Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings 11 years revolutionary rule, Ghanaians yearned for a constitutional government leading to the current constitution.

Mr Wilson said after eight years of Rawlings rule under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ghanaians again clamoured for change and in 2000 Mr John Agyekum Kufuor was elected as President under the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He said in 2008 there was another cry for change and NDC came to power again.

He noted that this time Ghana changed back to NDC not because the people believed the party was any better than the NPP but because there was no credible alternative.

“We all hoped NDC would have learnt a lesson, having been in opposition for eight years.”

Mr Wilson said in 2016 Ghanaians are yearning for change once more.

“Ghana is not going in the direction. Ghana is not working and it is all about the ‘Winner-Takes- All’.”

He said the youth who have about 70 per cent presence in the voters register, must throw their weight to change the political history of the nation.

Mr Wilson said: “The future of this nation is in the hands of the youth and they must rise up, take the bull by the horn, and change their destiny.”

“As a people, we have done our bit to truly build a system that would help propel Ghana towards a sustained development.

“As a people, we have, again and again trusted and tested the two dominant political parties, believing they would work together to bring us together… people to prosecute our national development agenda.

“If after all these genuine efforts, as a people, we do not feel or see satisfaction, we must come together and say enough is enough and effect a change.

“It is said in unity there is strength.  Our history would show that Ghana had always succeeded whenever its people garner the courage to come together and act.  This is what sets us apart from the rest of the other countries in Africa.

“Let us call for a new system of governance, under, which electing a President is not tied to any political party, and thus independent of any political control or interference by any organised groups of people.”

Mr Wilson said: “This system would produce a President who would be truly free to exercise the powers granted him by the constitution.  A president who would have a free hand to appoint people he believes would help him build the nation.

“A President whose actions are not controlled and/or dictated by fear or favour and not limited to a few groups of people or cronies but cut across the political divide.

“This system of governance would give birth to a President who would govern in the interest of the country he is elected to serve and not in the interest of a political party.”

He said the “Winner Takes All” system does not promote the togetherness required for government and opposition to work hand in hand, in the interest, and for the sake of the people and country.

He noted that it breeds an atmosphere of envy, contempt and greed and creates and promotes animosity because the party with majority controls the executive.

“The two dominant parties spend a great part of their time and energy at each other’s throat, trying to undo each other, instead of focusing on the needs of the people they are elected to serve.”

Mr Wilson is therefore calling for a strong and constitutionally powerful Presidency, An All-inclusive Peoples Parliament and a Voice of and for the People.

He said as a way forward MOVE GHANA, a social movement has been formed to canvass for support nationwide against the current system of party politics in favour of a truly nationalistic approach to the governance of the country.

Through this social movement, the concept of ‘The Third Force’ shall be pursued by employing innovative, radical and peaceful political engineering – ultimately to unseat the two major political parties.

Mr Wilson said MOVE GHANA is inviting everybody especially those in the Diaspora to get in touch to offer their help in whatever form to support an auspicious and august cause.

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