Political Scientist, Mohamed Abass has bemoaned the decision of the National Democratic Congress to charge an amount of GHC 420,000 as filing fee for aspirants in their flagbearership race.
Speaking on our news analysis show Behind the Headlines, Mr. Abass, said, democracy is guided by principles which must be adhered to if we indeed believe that is what we are practicing.
“It is democracy that we are practising and it’s multi party democracy. We understand what democracy is and the key ideals or principles that the development of our democracy should lead us to achieve, if not found there then definitely you would see we have a problem there.”
According to him, money should not be used as a criterion to attract competent people to contest because wealth is never a measure of competence.
“Are we relating or correlating competency with wealth or money? I have come across this that says intellect does not correlate with wealth and leadership is not wealth'”.
Mr. Abass was also of the view that, the move by the National Democratic Congress, was aimed at disqualifying some aspirants.
“…clearly it is discrimination and the same as favouritism. Clearly it is a strategy to get some people out of it which I think it is something we are actually kicking against.”
The political science lecturer further suggested for a more creative way to be used to sift for competent people if their goal is to have credible people compete during elections although he insisted that such move will be against democratic principles.
“So they should come out with a creative way if it is to get people who are unfit out…and spell out the criteria very clearly so that it is a bit demanding; which money is not part of.”
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa/universnewsroom.com