Parliamentary Affairs Minister to Release Recommendations to Curb Monetization of Politics

Majority Leader in Parliament who doubles as Minister Responsible for Parliamentary Affairs (MOPA), Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said very soon he will release concrete recommendations received from Stakeholders’ dialogue to interrogate the monetisation of politics.

He said his Ministry held Stakeholders’ dialogue to interrogate the monetisation of politics with the view to implementing mutually agreed procedures and the engagement, was a sequel to one organised on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with four political parties who have consistently performed well in presidential and parliamentary elections since the inception of the Fourth Republic.”

Speaking at a media encounter dubbed “Meet the Press”, held at the Ministry of Information, in Accra, Hon. Osei Bonsu said Another area of concern at that dialogue was the growing perception and increasing allegation of political corruption in the country and the contributory factors.

Objectives guiding the engagement were to discuss the inadequacies of the existing modes of conducting primaries by the political parties, develop a strategy to strengthen internal party democracy, examine the causes and consequences of monetisation of politics in Ghana, and provide concrete recommendations to curb the monetisation of politics.

The Majority Leader said the dialogue featured Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Development Partners, Leadership of all registered Political Parties and Academia as well as democracy-enhancing Civil Society Organisations, Student Leaders, Traditional Rulers, the National Peace Council, Independent Governance Institutions, the Security Agencies, former MPs, former Ministers, the Media and other stakeholders in Ghana’s democratic development.

At least it will cost a Member of Parliament US$86,000 to secure a party’s primary nomination to compete in parliamentary elections in the country, a study has found.

The research, conducted by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), shows the cost of running for political office in Ghana went up by nearly 60 percent over one single electoral cycle – between 2012 and 2016.

According to the report, if the cost of politics rises to unaffordable levels the danger is that politics becomes the domain of the elite and wealthy, that motivates and incentivises MPs to move from serving the public to recovering their own investment.

The research surveyed over 250 candidates and sitting MPs about their experiences in the 2012 and 2016 elections. The findings were complemented by individual interviews and focus groups.

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