Be developmentally oriented and not electoral machines – Prof. Atsu Ayee tells Political Parties

The head of political science department at the University of Ghana, Prof. Atsu Ayee has advised all political parties to desist from focusing on elections but rather to be consistent is pushing for the development of the country.

He said this during a public conversation held by The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) on local governance under the theme, “Party-Based Local Governance: European Experience and Ghanaian Transition”.

The event provided the platform for some actors in local government and the academia to hold discussions on the workings of local government systems gleaning some experiences from some European Union countries specifically Denmark and Italy.

According to Prof. Atsu Ayee, political parties will need to build capacity in order to play successful roles in a decentralized system of governance. As the chair of the session, he explained that “political parties must undergo orientation, that they cannot continue to be electoral machines but must be developmentally minded”

Professor Andrea Buratti from the University of Rome, Italy, shared the devolution process and workings of the local government systems of Italy while Professor Roger Buch from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark also spoke on their country’s thriving local government system.

The event was to help promote public education and raise awareness on the issues associated with the forthcoming reforms and the 10 th December 2019 national referendum on the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 constitution.

Source: Ghana||Senyo Gladstone

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