DELAY OF MANIFESTOS BY POLITICAL PARTIES UNFAIR TO GHANAIANS-STRANEK
Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) clearly sees unfairness to Ghanaians on the part of political parties so far as their manifestos are concerned as there is so much delay in releasing it for Ghanaians to peruse what the various political parties have to offer.
Now that all political parties per their discussions with the select committee on legal and constitutional matter are all in agreement for November 7,2016 and every first Monday of November in subsequent election years even though political parties like National Democratic Party (NDP) are suggesting this amendment to take effect in 2020, we see no reason why there is a slow pace of operations in the release of manifestos by the various political parties.
In 2008,none of the political parties had issued its manifesto for study and scrutiny by the electorates at the apogee of the elections i.e. the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the Peoples National Convention (PNC) and the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP).
Others were the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), the United Renaissance Party (NRP), the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD) and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).
In the year 2012, it was not different from the year 2008 per the matters concerning manifesto release.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) claim their manifesto is ready but STRANEK as a think tank where policies and governance is pivotal of its establishment sees it as unfair to Ghanaians as they need enough time to understudy the manifestos of the various political in order to make good political decisions.
It is approximately 117 days to elections and we think it is best for political parties to launch their manifestos on time for the study and scrutiny by the electorates.
We therefore release this press statement as a follow up and a clarion call to political parties to launch their manifestos sooner than later in order to allow the electorate digest and understand what they have to offer in order to make wise decisions.
We are indeed all involved in building our motherland Ghana.