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Ghana practicing my time to “chop” democracy – Prof. Gyampo

Source The Ghana Report/ Aba Asamoah

An Associate Professor with the University of Ghana Political Science department, Ransford Gyampo has described Ghana’s democracy as ‘chop chop’ democracy.

In an interview monitored by The Ghana Report, Prof. Gyampo said, the psyche of people who put themselves up for elections is not to serve the interest of the electorate but to enrich themselves.

According to him, Ghana’s democracy has been characterized by “chop chop” since its inception in 1992 because of the winner takes all provision.

“They always complain that, they do not get anything from parliament yet they sell properties to win elections to enter parliament, If people have the notion of winning elections to serve and help the people then why will they sell properties to win power?” he quizzed.

Professor Gyampo stated that it will take a systematic overhaul against the rather polarized political system in Ghana as well as an awakening of the political space to serve the interest of the people.

According to Prof. Gyampo, the National Commission for Civic Education also needs to be resourced in order to arouse public consciousness and a vote against needless “chop chop” democracy to change the narrative of Ghana’s democracy practice.

“Even though President Akufo-Addo is said to be incorruptible, he alone cannot stop people from amassing wealth for themselves, we need the system to work and reject people who come to power to enrich themselves” he said.

 

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