Executive Director of the Danquah Institute says chiefs are not engaging in active politics by endorsing political party candidates.
Richard Ahiagba said one is engaging in active politics only when he/she is seeking political office.
“Active is active. I’m taking about active politics meaning engaging in active politics; seeking political office.
“Actively standing on political platforms and speaking in favour of political parties and identified as a politician and as a political party member. That is different from endorsing policies,” he told host of Joy FM’s ‘Super Morning Show’ Kojo Yankson, Thursday.
This comes after some chiefs, including Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II and Omanhene of Mehame Traditional Area, Nana Owusu Kontoh II and Chief of Dormaa also endorsed some presidential candidates.
Their actions have been highly condemned.
Richard Ahiagba, however, has described as hypocritical comments seeking to suggest the chiefs engaged in active politics by this act.
“That position is hypocritical. I mean what is active about that? The operative word here is active and we all know what active is. This doesn’t constitute active for me,” he said.
“The position of the Constitution, I see; but interpreting endorsement as active, I don’t see that,” he said.
Meanwhile, MP for Yapei Kusawgu John Jinapor who was also on the show shared an opposing view.
Reacting to Mr Ahiagba’s comments, John Jinapor said Chiefs are revered and seen as symbols of authority and, therefore, must respect the laws that bar them from engaging in partisan politics.
“So that their authority cannot be questioned,” he added.