Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that the Akufo-Addo government is committed to raising funds internally to support electoral activities across the country for the Presidential and Parliamentary polls in 2020.
This he says is in line with the government’s “Ghana beyond Aid agenda” and can mean that government won’t be looking for support from donor partners to carry out its statutory obligations like the running of elections.
Addressing the media after Cabinet’s sixty fourth regular meeting and ninth retreat at Peduase in the eastern Region on Sunday, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the advance in domestic revenue mobilization is critical to ensure the govt. is in a position to hold out its statutory obligations.
“In different statutory obligation for the year, particularly on elections, it’ll be carried out within the national resource envelope. this is often a critical feature of the ghana beyond Aid agenda. What all of this means is that we ourselves need to inspect all these obligations and fund them. the days that we have to be looking forward to donor partners to execute some of these critical national obligations are over. It falls squarely within our ambits and what that means is that the generation of our internal resources to meet those obligations is key.”
Ghana depends on support from donor partners and central government to fund its parliamentary, presidential and local assembly elections.
This has brought calls for the Electoral Commission (EC) to introduce special taxes to fund elections in the country.
But ec Chair, Jean Mensa has shot down such requests arguing that the ordinary ghanaian is already weighed down.
‘In Ghana, it’s the government of ghana that funds our election in its totality. so I don’t think that the imposition of election tax will be something that the individuals of ghana will take lightly because we are already over-taxed. And you know that we do have a lot of resources and with efficient management, we should be able to fund our elections”, she said recently.
Don’t starve ec of funds – Analyst warns
Meanwhile, a governance Analyst, Dr Eric Oduro Osae has cautioned government against starving the Electoral Commission of much-needed funds in its quest to wean the country off donor support for the 2020 election.
Speaking to Citi News, Dr Osae insisted that irrespective of the source of funding, the govt. must put the electoral commission in the right financial state to deliver credible elections.