Dr Smart Sarpong, a Senior Research fellow and Senior lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University Institute of Research Innovation and Development has opened up with what it will take to be a third political force in the country.
Based on the current performance of the two Nkrumahist parties, the Convention Peoples Party and the Peoples National Convention, Dr Smart Sarporg said “we do not have any third political force in the country”.
He added, “Based on the data available with regards to the performance of the two political parties the PNC at least tried to pull up such a good performance in the 1992 elections by garnering 36.9% of the votes as for the CPP since the demise of Dr Kwame Nkrumah has never been a third political force in the country”.
According to him, the notion of being a third political force is not necessarily becoming third in the elections it is by at least garnering 5% of votes cast. Aside from that both parties must have representation in Ghana’s legislature something both parties currently do not have.
To improve their chances of being able to be that third political force in the country, Dr Smart Sarpong recommended rigorous organisation, mobilization and recruitment and also stop the inner bickering within the party and neutralise the seeming dominance of the elephant and umbrella families in the political system which he believes will make the party attractive to the youth for them to be able to assume their political force status in the Ghanaian political landscape.