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Opinions of Friday, 18 September 2020

Columnist: Amankwa Benjamin Kwame

Election 2020: The South Tongu constituency in perspective

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It has been a long standing tradition in Ghana that in the strongholds of the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), it does not matter whose picture appears on the ballot paper. Once the individual belongs to the popular political party, it is an automatic win. This happens in both presidential and parliamentary elections. While the negative effects of this may not be much felt in the development of the constituencies in the presidential elections, the effects are much more felt and disastrous in the parliamentary elections.

In constituencies where particular political parties dominate, electorates often make the mistake of electing incompetent and ineffective individuals and personalities who belong to the popular party without recourse to the person