Going unopposed in political elections is an affront to democracy —Political Scientist

political-partiesA political science lecturer at the University of Development Studies (UDS), Dr. Degraft Arthur has noted that although Ghana’s democracy has gained recognition, it differs from that of the western world.

According to him the process that precedes every general election in the country is primaries by various political parties.

However most presidents and sitting MP’s are made to go unopposed to which he noted that such a decision is an affront to democracy.

The National Democratic Congress has set November 7, 2015 for its presidential and parliamentary primaries to elect potential candidates to lead the party into the crucial 2016 general elections.

George Boateng, the only one who made it clear he was going to challenge the president, failed to submit his forms before the deadline due to his inability to get endorsement from party executives in the Northern regions.

He has therefore withdrawn from the race.

Speaking on Royal fm’s morning show, Degraft Arthur noted that ‘‘there may be enough unique abilities and qualities that most of the members who are prevented from contesting such personalities are endowed with which can move the nation forward’’.

He further suggested that if Ghanaian political parties feel that should be the procedure, then it must be encoded in the constitution.

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