Politics of Monday, 25 November 2013

Source: citifmonline.com

Ghana needs fixed periods for election campaigns - Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), General Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is proposing fixed periods for election campaigns in order to maintain sanity in the country’s politics.

Citing the example of Denmark where he says he was recently to study their democracy, the NDC General Secretary noted that the proposal when adopted would greatly contribute to improving national development.

“We cannot spend the whole nation’s time in campaigning for the whole four years, I don’t think it is a good thing. We should have a cutoff point,” Mr Nketia maintained.

“After elections, what is the purpose of leaving the billboards and posters of candidates in the city? There is absolutely no purpose. It doesn’t serve any purpose. Any visitor who enters the country will get the impression that you are in some campaigning mood after the elections.

“Maybe three weeks as they have in Denmark, the city authority will go and actually remove all those posters and billboards and they will come and still charge the party whose billboards they have still removed,” Mr Nketia added.

He also said persons found campaigning outside campaign periods could be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent.