Democracy, as a governance form, is often assessed, especially in Africa, by the extent to which elections are violence free. But this assessment of democracy is such a low-stoop of the bar for this form of governance.


Ultimately, democracy is about the right to the pursuit of happiness, which is corner-stoned by the power of the citizenry to hold governments to their responsibility for the common good.

When we queue in the baking sun to cast our votes at polling stations, upon the wind of every political cycle, what we do is just a reenactment of a social contract between us, the people, and the politicians – as we surrender our power to the politician on the basis of the politician’s advertised policy, the politician is enjoined to keep his promise of fulfilling the pledge to implement the policies so espoused within a stipulated period of four years.

As simple as this contract may seem, politicians often fail to keep their side of the bargain. And because politics is show-business for ugly people, the politico failing to honour his side of the contract is often also incorrigible in his determination to recapture our power and perpetuate his abysmal performance using every dirty trick in the book.

In a society still humble in the endowments of sagacious citizenry, the vigilance of civil society is crucial buffer against the infliction of ignorance on the people as a means of perpetuating bad governance by the ‘Politrickster.’ This is where IMANI Ghana’s Imanifestation comes up for praise.

Imanifestation is an empirical assessment of the fulfillment rate of a ruling government’s stated manifesto boons to the people as the central element of their campaign for power during the election season.

Enquirer is ambivalent about Imanifestation’s recent rating of the Mahama regime as having achieved on 47% of its 2012 manifesto promises, especially, given the fact that the NDC manifesto had been contextualized in a four- year period – from January 2013 to January 2017.

With 2017 still more than a year away, it is tempting to state that that rating is a bit rush.

It, however, does not at all detract from the fact that this novelty by IMANI Ghana is a master stroke. The responsibility to hold our governments accountable can never be more refined than the statistical essence of Imanifestation.

The specificities of the analyses and their relational application to the various thematic areas of the NDC manifesto are very good.

As expected, Government communicators have been jolted into defense with easy gambits against some of the conclusions of Imanifestation, but, as the saying goes, slow progress is better than no progress at all. At least, we have a debate on the table now, thanks to Imanifestation!

The fallouts, at the end of the day, would leave many of our compatriots more informed and nourished statistically about government’s progress in the pursuit of set targets of our social contract with it.

We at The Enquirer wish more grease to the elbows of the chaps at IMANI Ghana, but hasten to caution that there is always room for improvement.

While we pursue perfection in the responsibility to rally our citizenry to the duty to checkmate our own government, we have no hesitation at all doffing our hats for IMANI Ghana for this one.

Good job IMANI!

Source: The Enquirer


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