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Mr Akoto Ampaw, a Member of the National Media Commission (NMC) at the weekend observed that political parties in Ghana were “organized simply as electoral machines” for winning political power with its largesse.

He described this as a “zero-sum approach to politics” which “nurtures and institutionalizes political opportunism, patronage and a Machiavellian approach to multi-party democracy.”

Mr Ampaw made the observation at a two-day capacity building workshop for staff of the Ghana News Agency in Ho.
The workshop, which was supported by STAR-Ghana, a multi-donor funding organisation, was to prepare the staff adequately ahead of the December Polls.

Mr Ampaw said it was unfortunate that the critical functions of political parties, including the promotion of tolerance, diversity and enlightenment on programmes and policies were lost on political parties in Ghana and called for a change.

He said the situation was so bad that, there were no compelling values for political parties and their leaders to feel obliged to observe, instead they were only interested in “placing their dirty fingers into public purse.”

Mr Ampaw asserted that the interests of the people, whom political parties profess to represent, were lost as “truths and facts are sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.”
He therefore charged media practitioners to “scrutinize and rigorously interrogate political leaders so that they do not short-change the country.”

Mr Ampaw said journalists’ first loyalty is to the citizenry and urged them to empower the electorate with accurate information, to enable them to make informed decisions.
Source: GNA

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