In the quest of some delegates voting down parliamentary candidates in various constituencies due to failed promises unexpectedly different from contents of manifestoes, the Centre for Democratic Development has explained the credibility these manifestoes do have on elections.
As people residing in various Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies cry on MMDCEs and party executives over poor construction of roads and standstill developmental projects when expectations are not being met, the manifesto is allegedly noted by most Ghanaians as parties’ ‘flashy promises’ document for obtaining seats to exuberate wealth.
The Manifesto for Development’ Project to be launched on July 3, 2020, is focused on enhancing the credible state of elections in Ghana globally.
Due to the increment of Covid-19 cases in Ghana now, Dr. Paul Osei Kuffuor asserted that precautionary measures would be duly observed and would have a limited number of people at the launch underway.
Speaking to Dr. Paul Osei Kuffuor, the projects coordinator of the Centre for Democratic Development on Green FM, he explained that the CDD is responsible for monetization of electoral registrations, deploying of durbars at polling centers, parliamentary campaigns and also set up candidature platforms under local areas.
Vision behind the project as a Civil Society Organization, Dr. Osei Kuffuor, the senior programs manager for the developmental project mentioned that parliamentary manifestoes were not monitored by the CDD until it became a policy petitioning tool for most political parties after conversations on it the whipped interest of Ghanaians for acceptance.
He also disclosed that conversational formats and deliveries termed as ‘flagship’ policy all emanated from manifestoes, therefore becoming a good source of document for communicating governmental policies to citizens of parties in power.
“One thing that we couldn’t monitor on the elections cycle or calendar was a manifesto. But we knew that from 2000, manifestoes were of importance, and from 2008 till now, conversations around it, citizens’ interest begun to gather a lot of momentum. So the manifesto became a policy petition tool for political parties where they could exchange their ideas from various sectors.”
The Senior Programs Manager further revealed that the project is to ensure that government policies reflect the country’s priorities responsibly as a whole. Due to the increment of Covid-19 cases in Ghana now, Dr. Paul Osei Kuffuor finally asserted that precautionary measures would be duly observed and would have a limited number of people at the launch underway.
“The Civil Society Organization’s responsibility is to strengthen good democratic governance and most importantly, unity development”. Dr. Paul Osei Kuffuor told Kofi Asante Mensah on Anopa Bosuo Show.
By: Nana Adwoa Yeboah Sarpong