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Opinions of Saturday, 23 October 2010

Columnist: Lamptey, Alfred

Political development in Ghana so far

Political development is the necessary condition to the development of every
state, and therefore the development of Ghana must not be taken in the shallow
terms but development of the political sphere must also be taken into
consideration. The signs of political development of this country can be seen in
different levels – the respect of the population and human rights, respect to
the level of the governmental and general systematic performance and also
respect to the organization of the polity, with political development there must
be development in the greater capacity in the political system to manage public
affairs, control controversy or cope with popular demand.
Some features of political development is the existence of specialize extinct
governmental institutions and these institutions must be guided by rationality
and efficiency in order to carry out functions of the government. The
governmental institutions in the country can help to bring about political
development if only it is guided by its rationality and efficiency.
Critical political development is the judicious using our country’s resources to
bring development and it is it is crucial to the state and so therefore politics
plays a crucial role here as far as development is concern. The development of
the state rest significantly on the function of the political system of the
country. There must be extensive capability in the political system, this refers
to the capacity of the political system of the country to respond to the demands
of the citizens and bring development also.
Taking the respect of the population and human rights is a major element of
political development; this is when the political institutions of the country
take the population into consideration when enacting any policies. The
population is the holder of sovereignty in very state and Ghana is not excluded,
therefore the population can not be ignored in the policies making that will
bring about political development. The views of the population must be heard by
the policy makers and the relevant points taken into consideration in order for
the population views to be respected in the country. The human rights of the
citizens must also be respected in all spheres and making sure that this goes in
accordance with the constitution.
Respect to the level of the governmental and general systematic performance and
also respect to the organization of the polity is another element that can never
be ignored as far as the political development of this country is concerned, the
governmental performance must be respected by both the government and the
governed in the country, that is the same way the government must also respect
the performance of the social organization within the country and this
performance of the social organization must be in line with the fundamental laws
of the country. There must also be a free and open media, when the media is
given the free space to operate there shall also be development but the media
must also make sure that they must also bring out the truth.

Further emphasis should be on the respect of the constitution, the constitution
must be respect on all grounds no matter the type of political development that
want to be in the country and also in the making of policies the constitution
should be the base.

The governmental institutions of the country have done very well, and in order
to reach the highest level of political development both the government and the
governed must not be weary in the performance of their duties.
ALFRED LAMPTEY
POLITICAL STUDIES
KNUST
ALFREDLAMPTEY88@YAHOO.COM