Winner-takes-all’ not helping Ghana’s democracy, development – Abu Sakara
A former presidential candidate of the Convention People Party (CPP), Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Foster, has observed the ‘winner-takes-all’ politics is thwarting the country’s development and democracy.
A chunk of the population, he said, feel neglected from the day-to-day administration of the country, a situation he explained, prevents them from contributing their ideas to the socio-economic development of the country.
He told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise morning show on 3FM 92.7 on Tuesday that the constitution will have to be amended to enable more Ghanaians have a full share in the direct governance of the country.
This, he said, will eliminate bitterness, acrimony that comes along with losing an election.
“When we look at our constitution and the way we have been managing, the first and the foremost thing that [disturbs] the collective efforts and everybody putting their energies together is if one group of people feels everything belongs to them and the other people get nothing or don’t get what they want."
“This comes from the winner takes all aspect of the constitution,” Dr Sakara said.
He suggested: “Let us have a referendum and change that 50 % plus one and have a majority systems with the opportunity to form coalition government. When you do it that way the power base will broaden at the bottom.”