Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye, the NDC MP for Ablekuma South has proposed a non-renewable 6 year term for the presidency in Ghana.
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According to him, the current four-year term, renewable for another four, has serious disadvantages as programmes and policies are not properly executed by the sitting president.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday 7 March, he said “there is the need to vote for a constitutional amendment to increase the tenure of office of the president to a six-year, one term of office.”
“That is, a critical consideration must be given to article 66 (1)(2), which seeks to limit the term of office of government in Ghana for a term of four years unless re-elected for a second term,” he stated.
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He noted that the four-year term comes with a cost to the state and should, therefore, be reviewed.
“The term of four years has its obvious consequences. It is a well-known fact that since the propagation of the 1992 constitution, any time a president is elected, time and resources are spent to defend one term of four years.”
“This comes with its associated financial burden on the state. Going by this precedence…the term of office as it exists under the current constitution is woefully insufficient for any government to seriously consider improving the economy. Organising elections every four years is a…drain on the limited state resource,” Mr Vanderpuye stressed.