Referendum Debate: ‘NO’ Kwaku Azar slugs it out with ‘YES’ Franklin Cudjoe

Referendum Debate: ‘NO’ Kwaku Azar slugs it out with ‘YES’ Franklin Cudjoe

Two highly respected voices on social issues, Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare popularly known as ‘Kwaku Azar and Mr. Franklin Cudjoe have found themselves on two opposite sides of the referendum debate.

Whereas Kwaku Azar is for no, Mr Franklin Cudjoe is for yes.

They make their argument independent of each other.

Prof Azar wrote:

In most constituencies, the general election is meaningless because a party will win if it sponsors a sansankroma. As a result, primary candidates need to raise, on average, ₵389,803 just to secure the party parliamentary nomination, which is largely determined by how well a candidate treats delegates. Some parties tax elected MPs who increasingly feel that the parties must shield them from competition because of such taxes. Parties also rely on a few profit-seeking financiers, further creating side obligations and making them less accountable to the people.

Even someone like me who is an ardent supporter of party politics has become disillusioned by the way we practice it. Sadly, I have concluded that party politics, as practiced in our polity, undermines democracy and assures corruption. What we badly need then is to reform party politics at the national level not export it and all its glaring problems to local elections.”

He added something unrelated, an activism he is championing:

“JUSAG must reconsider its strike to allow the courts to expedite action on the 128/1820 scam and sham.”

Explaining further why he prefers no, Azar adds:

“Both NPP and NDC are for electing MMDCE. It says so in their manifestos. Amending Article 243 achieves that. We have said that there is no need for a referendum to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, the insistence on having this referendum, which has nothing to do with electing MMDCE, is just confusing everyone and diluting the importance of having the people elect their MMDCE.”.