I would hate for a moment to put blame on Nana Addo Dankwa, the President of Ghana why he appointed 110 ministers as appointment to lauraceous positions are ongoing and I would continue to find fault with people who for whatever reason would want him cut down on his number of ministers.

I would rather desire that they turn their frustrations; anger and annoyance on flabbergasted, roguish, unpleasant laws constructed to munge and bespatter everything good we have of mother Ghana.

110 ministers would be less than the design of the Constitution under which we operate if we continue to reason with the framers of the constitution that Political Parties shall sponsor candidates to public offices under Article 55.3 of the Constitution 1992.

55.3 “Subject to the provisions of this article, a political party is free to participate in shaping the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, social and economic programmes of a national character, and sponsor candidates for elections to any public office other than to District Assemblies or lower local government units”.

Those who are disgruntled about Nana Addo’s number of ministers, be informed and be warned, that, we would continue to be adding more pain to injury if we insist and dwell on absolute majority win of popular votes to make our heads of governments turned heads of state contrary to democratic principles of electing heads of governments especially in practicing either the United States of America executive system or the British parliamentary system or merging the two systems.

At the onset of our electoral system under the 1992 Constitution, the cost the State of Ghana bears into conducting parliamentary and Presidential elections has skyrocketed. In 2008, the total expenditure on the elections was $ 138 million, it shot up to $267 million and 2016 it ranges around 1.7 billion Ghc.

If this is how much it has cost the State of Ghana, imagine how much it would cost political parties more especially the opposition political party who has nothing of the State to use except few air time on the state media.

We must take notice, the French is practicing the hybrid system of the United States executive system and the British system but the fundamentals are that, the elected President of France is never and would never become the head of government at any point in time even if his political party won the majority in the National Assembly. He shall remain the head of state of France and does not appoint ministers. His share of appointments is limited with a countervailing one from the Prime Minister whose political party shall have the majority in the National Assembly.

Though elected by popular vote contrary to the United States executive system, the President of France position in government is like the “head of family” we have in Ghana and most of his mandate is scheduled to relate to foreign relations. As for the government of France, he is not a member in decision making until his/her political party has the majority in the National Assembly.

From which source makes the Ghanaian hybrid system? A fallacy of a cupid law!

With two hundred and sixteen districts, 275 Constituencies in Ghana, the President must win an absolute majority to become the President of Ghana relatively so as the President of France except that, in France he shall not be the head of government and in Ghana, the President is the Head of Government.

Translating sponsorship to the office requires vigorous campaign with the almighty Cedis to sell the candidate in all the 216 districts. These includes gargantuan billboards depicting the picture of the presidential candidate,(Ghc 20.000 per one multiply by 2= Ghc 40.000 for a district and multiply by 216 districts in Ghana) followed by radio and television advertisements (averagely 350Ghc per minute) and then lobby district opinion leaders to rally behind the candidates with lauraceous promises after perks of motivation. Not to forget logistics of travelling cross country to establish presence and offer same promises to opinion leaders that if they support the candidate he would see to it to alleviate their problems. (CUVs or cross country cars or V8 = 500GHC per one per day multiply by 4 averagely). Not to forget T-shirts and parafenalas

These all cost monies and big time monies and in politics down here in Africa, there is nothing like free gift or Father Christmas much as the next election is poking its head immediately after general elections. Those who invested must recoup to await the next battle; the battle is of the Lords!

This notwithstanding, those who contributed huge sums of monies and support a particular candidate at the primaries of a political party form the nucleus of the party and they do so with solid intent. The inner intent of political parties shall never and would never be disclosed or made public to Ghanaians. The surface ones to prompt citizens to give in to political parties shall surely be defined as the political party manifesto.

The president shall appoint ministers and beyond and he would appoint local government operatives, heads of departments, board members of state enterprises, foreign emissaries and shall appoint a minister for parliamentary affairs!

Surely the President shall appoint no other but members of his/her political parties to help him execute his plans and at the same time fulfil the objectives of the political party that sponsored him/her to public office. The President in the likely of longer period of stay shall only serve for 8 years but the political party that sponsored him to win to become the President has all her life to win to retain power; the struggles continues.

So Nana Addo Dankwa, the President of Ghana is doing nothing but involving the political party nucleus that contributed too much to his campaign trail and he is fortifying and expressing gratitude to all those who contributed immensely for him to become the President of Ghana.

By so doing, he has the support of Article 78.1, 79.1 256 all of the 1992 Constitution.

“Ministers of State shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of Parliament from among members of Parliament or persons qualified to be elected as members of Parliament, except that the majority of Ministers of State shall be appointed from among members of Parliament.(2). The President shall appoint such number of Ministers of State as may be necessary for the efficient running of the State.” 78. (1& 2)1992

“The President may, in consultation with a Minister of State, and with the prior approval of Parliament, appoint one or more Deputy Ministers to assist the Minister in the performance of his functions.” 79.1 1992

“The President shall, with the prior approval of Parliament, appoint for each region, a Minister of State who shall (a.) represent the President in the region; and (b.) be responsible for the co-ordination and direction of the administrative machinery in the region.

(2.) The President may, in consultation with the Minister of State for a region and with the prior approval of Parliament, appoint for the region a Deputy Minister or Deputy Ministers to perform such functions as the President may determine” 256 1&2 1992

But then when do we draw the distinction between the President in Public Office with overwhelmingly appointing powers and the political party of which he is a member that sponsored him to that office?

The nation’s interest is at stake as a result of fallacious constitutional design. We need change to assert the right formula for democratic evolution of our Republic.

Source: Munir Saani