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Ghana elections | An independent candidate has put himself forward as a viable third option
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GHANA ELECTIONS 2020
At a time when some of Ghanaians are expressing concerns about the domination of the two only candidates in their national politics, an independent candidate has put himself forward as a viable third option.
Marricke Kofi Gane, a UK-trained certified accountant has thrown his hat into a keenly awaited presidential race scheduled for December 2020.
He used social media to announce his bid and has since attracted a certain measure of support from voters who seem enthused at his bold step to challenge the status quo.
Part of his official statement read: “Mr. Gane is not tainted by Ghana’s political system and as such, he brings refreshing creativity, inclusiveness and objectivity to how politics is done, as well as the political willpower to challenge and change the faulty status quo devoid of blind party allegiance.”
He also presented a petit manifesto of what he intends to do and about why he stands as the best candidate to take over the political establishment to turn around the democratic and socio-economic fortunes of the West African powerhouse.
Ghana’s political system since 1992 has been dominated by the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP and the main opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC. The two parties have produced five presidents between them over this period.
Efforts by smaller parties to become relevant especially at the presidential elections have proven unsuccessful. In 2016, President Akufo Addo polled over 50% of votes as against ex-president John Mahama’s 44.3%.
The smaller parties shared a little over three percent of the votes as political observers emphasized the need for a strong third force coalition. Presently only the NDC and NPP are represented in the parliament.
Two party states are not rare at all the USA and UK have had a two party system in place for decades.
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