Nothing can save Ghana from self destruction, unless... - Justice Crabbe
Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe has criticised Members of Parliament from the majority and minority sides of Parliament for involving themselves in politics of convenience at the expense of developing the nation.
According to him the only time Ghanaian MPs agree on anything is when they want salary increments, car loans and other things they claim enhance their jobs.
Justice Crabbe observed that no constitution, court and law can save Ghana from self destruction and that when political parties win elections, only party faithful becomes citizens of the country while others becomes foreign nationals.
Justice Crabbe was speaking at the 9th Kronti ne Akwamu Lecture on the topic: “Democratic Governance in Ghana: How Political Polarisation may be Abated” organised by the Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana, a think-tank in collaboration with Friedrich Nuamann STIFTUNG and Kaiser Permanente Medical Group.
“Officers who hold civil and political positions come under attack to the extent that even local toilet caretakers who manage toilets for assemblies are attack and beaten,” he noted.
Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe insisted that without adequate funding for bodies responsible for constitutionally mandated elections, the integrity and credibility of the process would always be in doubt.
He said political parties play a key role in elections by seeking votes, publishing their manifestos, advertising their policies and programmes in both print and electronic media and organising political rallies across the country.
He noted that elections were about making choices and that the electorate have the right to chose candidates who would represent them and be their voices in law and decision making.
Justice Crabbe noted that election monitoring have come to stay as a barometer in measuring and determining the outcome of election results and success and the possible re-run of elections.
He said the media play an increasingly important role in election coverage and governance of every country and also educating the citizenry on election issues and laws.