The institute believes it is very fundamental and most crucial prior to any elections and electioneering campaigns.
In a press release signed and issued by its Executive Director, David Agbee and copied to News Ghana, GIGS said, the utmost proposal any political party could use biding for political power is its ability to design scintillating and feasible manifesto that are workable.
“We know that manifestos constitute the “Action Plans” of political parties seeking the mandate of the electorates which is supposed to be implemented when voted into power.
However, the Institute is worried particularly about the culture of delays of political parties in launching Manifestos in the last quarter or late into election years. This obsolete trend doesn’t promote modern day democracy.”
“Also, the practice doesn’t enhance public knowledge on the proposal of the various parties due to lack of enough time for electorates to debate and dichotomize what the parties are proposing to offer the citizens. GIGS’ concern is that the delays do not help electorates make informed decision on the voting day which does not inure to the interest of the country as well as the political parties, themselves.”
GIGS said, the situation will prove that political parties are more interested in political demagogue rather than doing first things first by releasing their Manifestos for public scrutiny, and challenged the political parties to be proactive in launching their manifestos.
“GIGS would like to stress the importance of launching manifestos earlier into an election year to stimulate and prepare the minds of voters on the policy directions of each political parties.”