Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Professor Peter Quartey has stated that, it is neccessary to have a direct linkage between political party manifestos and the country’s long-term development plan.
He made this statement during a presentation at the 13th National Development Forum in Accra, organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and dubbed, “Towards Election 2020: Political Party Manifestos and Long-Term Strategic Needs of Ghana”.
According to him political party manifestos are important documents that help to deepen the country’s democracy and allow campaign debates to be issues-based. He added, however, that manifestos must be aligned to the long-term development plan of the country.
Prof. Quartey stated that since a long-term plan is developed based on broad consultations and consensus building, it provides the vision for the country, while manifestos only spell out how to achieve the vision in the short term.
He said it would be difficult to run the country on manifestos and medium-term plans alone, since they oftentimes are not sustainable and can lead to lack of continuity in development projects and programmes.