wpid-President-John-Dramani-Mahama.jpgBy David M.Kabzot- Tembil

The year ended with the biggest funeral for the most beloved president of our time, the late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa. And I can tell you the late Nelson Mandela was not directly elected by a popular vote; he was elected by what is called the Proportional Representation in line with their constitution of the country. After being elected as the president of the ANC,? which had a majority, there was no need for an amorphous arrangement to elected by popular which is giving rise to the notorious and unnecessary? scenario and vocabulary of Voting by ? SKIRT AND BLOUSE?.

In drafting the 1979 constitutions and 1982 constitutions for the country veered too much towards the political style of the USA, much to our too much spending in Elections and Economic discomfort as opposed to what we inherited from our British colonial masters.

Our history tells us of the two great leaders of our country, Dr Kwame in 1952 and Prof. K. A, Busia?? in 1969 after their respective parties got majority of members of MP?s in an election. ?Please we have an Identity and many members of the Common Wealth of Nations have made a lot of savings National resources sticking to the simple style of Britain and cutting down Electoral budgets. Examples are RSA, Botswana, Namibia, India, etc.

Let the parties elect the Presidential candidates, and the voting public shall have the simple task of electing the MP?s, Assembly men and, mayors in a single election. ?Our Assembly men are what is called Councillors and it is these different wards ( Electoral Areas) who meet to elect the mayor or DCE for a particular constituency. It would be another style of strengthening our Democracy.

There are many things we can copy from the USA, such as building big and tall? houses for only about a family of three or four, as opposed to the simple and small type of housing in the UK; and that is entirely a personal matter . ?For the general good of our country, we must reflect seriously on whether copying blindly and expending resources on a model that is a departure from our ?colonial history is worth it at all. ?Let the political parties and persons who? matter? in the prompting a review? of the constitution do a serious reflection in prayer and fasting? to put the review in motion so that our resources , whether personal or national would be saved for other pressing issues in education, health etc.

And while we are on the floor to talk about the Republic president of Ghana,? we should remember the suggestions made by former president Kuffour on the tenure of each party.? We should have a move from four to FIVE years, to give each government a meaningful time to execute the mandate of the people.? Do we really feel so comfortable synchronising our elections with the 4-year cycle of the USA in expensive two? parallel elections? for Mp?s and president with the attendant possibilities of malfunctioning verifications machines.?? Do we have to reject the wisdom of our statesmen who speak ?from experience ? ?No, we should not. ?Let the review of the constitution include these matters.

Thank you.

David M. Kabzot -Tembil? ( [email protected])

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