Since the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) filed a petition at the Supreme Court Challenging the 2012 Presidential Result declared by the Electoral Commission (EC), some sections of the public have argued that Ghana should now begin to practice power-sharing democracy as that will take away the blame-game, backbiting politics that has bedeviled the county?s democracy since 1992.

New PictureThe Most Rev. Charles Palmer Buckle has made some comments to the effect that Ghana should be looking at power-sharing as an option for peaceful coexistence. But people have considered his position as weird and said, he has over-stepped his ?divine? boundaries by making such personal proposal, which does not in?any shape or form reflect the views and opinions of the Ghanaian?people.

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bossman Asare also endorsed the call for a unity Government as a plausible way to unite the people of Ghana.

Citing examples of countries in Eastern Europe to buttress his call, Dr. Asare said such countries continue to bind together because they realized every group needed to have a voice in the governance system.

According to some political experts in the country,? power-sharing democracy, as some countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and the rest have been forced to practice by the so-called developed countries, have rather worsen the plight of these countries.

Below are some views expressed by the experts:

The Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Samuel Awuku has expressed shock at the sudden call for power-sharing a week before the Supreme Court delivers judgment on the Presidential Election Petition.

He said “if we really want peace in Ghana we should all not hesitate to call for justice, no matter whose ox is gored”.

The NPP youth activist maintained that sharing power between NDC and NPP will not be the panacea for justice, if one party feels aggrieved, adding that peace and justice are two sides of the same coin and thus the people calling for power-sharing should not hesitate to call for justice.

In support, a member of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfe popularly known as Kabila stated that “power-sharing is alien to our constitution”.

He said such calls are premature and are rather increasing the tension in the country ahead of the historical court ruling.

The CPP man noted that “we are not in a war torn country” to negotiate for power-sharing even before the court gives its ruling.

Also a Retired Diplomat K. B. Asante has said the calls for power-sharing will only breed corruption.

According to him the calls of elimination of ‘winner-takes-all’ syndrome “sounds alright but it?s a recipe for disaster, a recipe for sharing corruption.”

?I am not happy at all about this sharing power. Eventually you share corruption, that is not what we want,” he noted.

For him, his call came on the back of calls by Chairman of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Kwabena Adjei and members of the public that political parties do away with the winner takes all syndrome.

Mr. K.B Asante said political parties are there because they have different solutions to the problems of the country. ?Let those who have one set of opinion get to one side, but if we are having a unity government it should be for a purpose.”

”Let the parties have definite policies, they should all have a plan??; he said Ghana is getting polarized because the mindset is ”not correct and we have nothing to think about”.

A former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has said that Ghana’s political leaders may not have the political will to share power, and that apart from the deep polarization in the country now, he believes the two leading parties in the country – the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) – may be too far apart ideologically to operate as a unit.

A better option, Prof Oquaye proposed, would be to operate the proposed power-sharing system at the grassroots and community level.

Thus, the appointments of the various heads of institutions such as the Inspector General of Police ‘should not be at the mercy of the President.’

A senior research fellow for the Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA), Dr Yao Gebe has downplayed comments by the Managing Editor of the Al Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Bature that the flagbearer for the opposition New Patriotic Party is planning power sharing should he lose the 2012 general elections.

He however cautions that care be taken not to plunge Ghana into situations prevailing in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

?Nana Addo has not made those pronouncements, and so we should not put words into his mouth. Elections in Ghana have not taken place yet and we never know whether the NPP would win or not. Should it happen that the NDC win, why should there be power sharing? The circumstances that would lead to power sharing, we hope that it does not happen in Ghana. I am talking about issues of violence, conflict, etc?

?We have organised elections since 1992, even when tensions were very high? and I will believe that the same thing would happen come 2012. So let us be careful, let us vote cautiously, let the right thing happen, and let this country come out as a shining example for the rest of the country?.

Shifting his attention to the political stalemate in neighbouring Cote d? Ivoire, Dr Yao Gebe was emphatic in saying that power sharing will not be a solution to the country that is being governed by two ?Heads of State?.

To him, power sharing has not worked in Kenya and Zimbabwe- two countries that have two opposing governments as heads, adding that the impasse in Cote d? Ivoire however, is different from that of Kenya and Zimbabwe.

He said, choosing power sharing as an option would make mockery of the interventions of the international communities, adding that, ?it is not right?.

The Supreme Court will on August 29, give its final ruling on the petition challenging the legitimacy of President John Mahama.

The petition was filed by flabearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo ?his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.


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