Former Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa has stated that endorsement of aspiring candidates for a political party by traditional rulers is problematic.
Dr Daanaa emphasised that, even though chiefs are entitled to political opinions and are eligible to exercise their franchise, it becomes worrying when chiefs partake in partisan politics.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile, Dr Daanaa explained that; “The chief is like a protector and the voice of the people…. and when the chief speaks it reflects in the community.
“That is the reason why when you come out publicly it becomes a problem,” he said.
Dr Daanaa’s comments come on the back of a seeming trend of chiefs giving their backing to certain political parties as they embark on their campaign to galvanise support ahead of the December elections.
The 1992 Constitution bars chiefs from taking an active part in partisan politics.
The constitution state in Article 276 (1) that a chief shall not take part in active party politics and any chiefs wishing to do so and seeking elections to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.
The Paramount Chief of the Tatale Traditional Area, Obore Gariba Yankosor, has openly declared support for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2020 general elections.
Others include the Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, and the Paramount Chief of Dorma in the Bono Region, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II.
The Former Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs urged chiefs to refrain from expressing their political opinions publicly.