The Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS) said it is devotedly following the current developments within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and and that the party is disrespecting internal democracy.
According to GIGS, if care is not taken, the situation will go a long way to harm the party since some are exhibiting ?bad and undemocratic behaviour.
“We wish to advice, politician and their followers that, they must be mindful of the fact that, a democratic country cannot be governed by parties with undemocratic structures.
This was contained in a press release issued by the group. According to the group, what happened in the NPP party Headquarters on Wednesday 19th August, 2014 is unbelievably frightening and deserves condemnation and apologies from higher decision making bodies of the party hierarchy.
“Again, GIGS wish to call on all the presidential hopeful and their acknowledged contemporaries to speak with a common voice to advice for tolerance to prevail in the party at this time that emotion are high and each and every one appears to be fighting for the soul and preferred presidential candidate.”
“………Within parties, conflicts may occur time and again because of different perceptions on political issues, as well as due to personal rivalries for positions and influence.”
These conflicts GIGS said, are inevitable and legitimate, but must be argued out in a correct manner backing it with party constitutions, legal guidelines and other common conflicts resolution and respect democratic procedures available.
“Within a party, there is always a contest of power and influence; this is part of everyday dealing. ?However, internal conflicts must be decided within the limits of democratic and transparent procedures. It is very important that everybody involved in such conflicts respects the democratic decisions of the party,” the group stated.
It is GIGS hope that, once these mechanism, appropriate structures, and channels are applied it will promote participation of members in the internal matters and inner conflicts resolution.