PROPOSED DRAFT PUBLIC FUNDING OF POLITICAL PARTIES BILL, 2008
Political parties are the heart and soul of a democracy. In the case of Ghana’s budding multi-party democracy, political parties perform key roles such as the formation of the government, grooming leaders at the national and sub-national levels and holding government accountable (when they are in opposition) among others.
Yet, political parties are among the most neglected of the political institutions of state. They are made to operate as if they are purely private organisations with no state or national interest in their establishment, maintenance, well-being and extinction. By their very nature, poorly established and poorly maintained political parties produce poor quality leadership, both at the party level and at the government level.
For these reasons, it is important to ensure that political parties are not just electoral machines for achieving electoral victories but also function effectively as vehicles for public education, leadership training, national integration and skills acquisition during interelection years. ...