Election 2016 Make health status of presidential aspirants’ a requirement - Amakye Boateng

According to him this will deepen good governance and also help electorates in making their decisions during elections.

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A Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Amakye Boateng has urged the Electoral commission to make the medical records status of presidential aspirants’ part of its requirements.

The move he said will deepen good governance and also help electorates in making their decisions during elections.

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Mr. Boateng who spoke on Kumasi-based Abusua FM stated that presidential candidates and their running mates must be compelled to reveal their medical records prior to their acceptance as candidates for the parties they seek to represent.  

He added that it will be unfair for the country to spend millions of Ghana cedis on elections only to hear unfortunate news after the elections.

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“The EC use tax payers’ money to run its programmes, implement policies and others, because they are serving the interest of Ghanaians, their activities are public in character, hence its very political. So it’s necessary for the electorate to be privy to information of candidates especially their medical details. It’s seriously political, I don’t know why some people are so emotional and that it’s wrong to disclose that, it’s not everybody who wants to be president, besides nobody has forced them to be presidents.

Look at the amount of money spent on elections, should we wait to hear untoward days after elections, and then we would have to vote again, what is the meaning of this.  They must be forced to disclose their health issues. Why must we not know their health status,”  he said.

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