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Monetisation of elections must be boldly stopped – Mac Manu

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Former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has emphasised the need to regulate campaign financing in Ghana.

Speaking at a dialogue on National Elections in Ghana, he lamented how political monetisation had been normalised in the country, a situation that he believes undermines the practice of true democracy.

Mr. Manu explained that these acts prevent competent persons from contesting in elections due to the highly monetised space.

“If you spend so much money, you are dividing some of your qualified citizens who, because of money, cannot compete in elections and that should not be the case. But I have heard on various platforms for the last 20 years or so that there is a need for reform, then we will put it on the back burner.

“Then, when elections are approaching, we bring it to the front burner, where we talk about it but never act on it. I think this is something as a country, we must be bold and things that are not going well for us, which are going to stifle our democracy, we must put a stop to it.”

He also opined that the Electoral Commission should set up an enforcement unit to supervise the accounts of political parties.

“The EC should take seriously the establishment of an enforcement unit which would include a legal advisory support to enforce laws regarding the conditions for maintaining a registered political party and accounting for political party campaign finances.”

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