Samia Nkrumah feels the electoral system needs to be reformed.

By flymultimediaghana Mar12,2024
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Former Convention People’s Party (CPP) chairperson Samia Yaba Nkrumah thinks electoral reform is essential to providing underprivileged groups—like women and minor parties—more political power.

Samia Nkrumah feels the electoral system needs to be reformed.
Samia Nkrumah feels the electoral system needs to be reformed.

She indicated that the quota system or proportional representation system may be used to accomplish it.

“Now that we are back under constitutional rule, it is appropriate for us to examine these two distinct election systems,” the speaker stated.

Ms. Nkrumah, a former CPP member of parliament for Jomoro in the Western Region, was answering a question during an interview on women and politics on the Graphic TV show, which is hosted by Dede Amanor-Wilks and Ruby Ofori on the YouTube channel “Your Ghana, My Ghana.”

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The first episode of the program debuted in the renovated Graphic Communications Group Ltd. studios on the eve of International Women’s Day and the 67th anniversary of the nation’s independence.

The purpose of it was to draw attention to the crucial role that women played in the nation’s independence and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s First Republic.

Election-based

The current electoral system, known as the simple majority system or first-past-the-post voting structure, does not allow the opinions and ideas of people who may have lost in the elections to be included in the country’s governance, according to Ms. Nkrumah, who is also the daughter of Ghana’s first President.

“In the current electoral system, when you lose by even one vote, you have still not won, and your views and ideas are pushed aside,” she stated.

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