Professor Henry Kwesi Prempeh, Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development Ghana (CID), has said the upcoming December 17 referendum will solve the nation’s winner- takes-all governance problem.
Making this assertion in an interview on Joy News’ PM EXPRESS, Professor Prempeh explained that the problem with the current governance system is the winner-takes-all and loser-opposes-all-the-time politics, and the referendum is a constitutional provision to solve that problem.
“The problem I have identified with the current governance system is the winner-all-takes all politics and loser opposes all the time, and the referendum is something that can solve the problem,” he said.
According to him, the referendum if accepted by Ghanaians will allow for a true multi-party governance system in which the winning party runs the national government and the losing party is given the opportunity to run the local authorities.
“With such a system in place, you now have an opposition party that will not be opposing the sitting government throughout the four or eight years, but will also be busily participating in governance,” he said.
He added that it will also give Ghanaians the opportunity to judge the opposition party.
“In running the Metropolitan, Municipal an District Assemblies, we can judge the opposition party’s performance as well, and not judge them on the number of press conferences they hold to criticise the government and propose solutions,” he added.