Snap Report: IDEG ROUNDTABLE ON “STRENGTHENING, REPRESENTATION, PARTICIPATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY: THE ELECTION 2020”
Ghana is lagging behind in addressing issues of inclusion and representation for active participation of chiefs, women, youth and people with disabilities (PWDs) in politics and development. During the campaign for the amendment of Article 55 (3) that seeks to legalize multiparty local government election, a key concern that emerged was the marginalization and extreme partisanship displayed by the duopolies, NPP and NDC, which have emerged in the Fourth Republic. Groups such as chiefs, women, youth and PWDs feared that the proposed amendment could further entrench their marginalization in politics.
Against this background, the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) held a roundtable on Thursday, 12th November, 2020, on the theme, “Strengthening Representation, Participation and Accountability: The Election 2020 Manifestos?”. The program was sponsored by the Danish Embassy in Ghana, the Danish Institute for Parties Democracy and Oxfam in Ghana.
The purpose of the roundtable was to provide a platform for political parties to engage with women, traditional authorities, PWDs, and the youth, on their manifesto pledges, and on how they intend to promote inclusion and accountability in local government through Constitutional Reform. Speakers were selected from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) as follows:
- Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah; Member of Parliament for Akwapim South Constituency, New Patriotic Party and Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
- Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Kwaku Doku, Spokesperson on Local Government, National Democratic Congress and Former President of NALAG.
- Nana Oduro Kwarteng, Chairman of the Manifesto Committee, Convention People’s Party.
Discussants who represented women, youth, chiefs, and PWDs were the following:
- Nana Kwasi Gyan Appenteng, Apagyahene of Akyem Ati, Akyem Abuakwa Traditional area;
- Dr Nicholas Awortwi, Director, Institute for Local Government Studies (ILGS);
- Ms. Lois A. Addo , Programs Officer, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF);
- Ms. Joyce Nyame, Programme Coordinator, Youth Bridge Foundation;
- Mr. Christopher Dapaah, National Coordinator, Local Governance Network (LogNet).
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