Individual-based political party funding must stop – NCCE

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has suggested that funding of political party campaigns and activities must be borne by the membership of a political party to reduce the high incidence of corruption in the country.

The NCCE noted with concern that activities of political parties, mostly funded by wealthy individual members and leaders who in turn recouped their financial losses after winning power, promoted acts of corruption.

The Central Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr Nicholas Ofori Boateng, who made the proposal, said the idea formed part of a ten-point communiqué issued at the end of a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on ending corruption by stakeholders, including political parties.

He was speaking at a community durbar on accountability and environmental governance at New Ebu in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

Put mechanisms in place

Mr Boateng said mechanisms must be put in place to require members to contribute their quota financially each month, adding that the money could be used to foot some expenses in the party.

Speaking on the need to help fight corruption together as a nation, he advised the public to abstain from all acts of corruption as it stalled development and emptied the national purse.
He encouraged Ghanaians to renew their attitudes and behaviours and develop a positive and right attitudes to dispel corrupt acts.

Report corrupt acts

He also urged the public to report cases on corruption because they would be duly rewarded and protected where necessary, adding that reporting crime was the prime duty and the role of every citizen.

Mr Boateng condemned the perception and notion that corrupt acts were mainly perpetuated by top officials and security agencies saying, the shameful act could be found in all corners of the nation.

“The ultimate beneficiaries of anti-corruption are the citizens and therefore they should join hands to end corruption in Ghana”, he added.

An official of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Mrs Regina Addy, explained the whistle blowing act and the mechanism of anti-corruption and urged the public to report acts of corruption to the appropriate agencies.

Source: GNA

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