Professor Smart Sarpong, the Director of Research and Innovation at Kumasi Technical University, has expressed the view that Ghana is not yet prepared to elect an independent candidate as its president.
He cited the traditional voting behaviour of Ghanaians as a major factor.
In an interview on Opemsuo Radio’s Nkwantannanso with Kofi Boakye on September 27, Prof. Sarpong elaborated that Ghanaians tend to vote based on a “who you know” policy, which is deeply intertwined with the existing party system.
He explained further, stating, “For example, if you are not familiar with Akufo Addo, at the very least, you are acquainted with a representative of the party in your region.”
“In contrast, independent candidates often lack a structured system, and those working with them may not be familiar with the chain of operation. There is often no standardized operation or constitution, resulting in a confused system,” he added.
He made these comments in response to the recent departure of Alan Kyerematen from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Monday.
Alan revealed his intention to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming 2024 Presidential election.
He cited concerns about the intimidation of his supporters, controversial decisions by the NPP leadership, and allegations of some leaders hijacking the party as reasons for his decision.
Story by Adwoa S. Danso