Lawyer Obiri Boahen has made a strong case for unlettered persons who seek office as members of parliament.
He said the impression should not be created that only educated or elite politicians have what it takes to be elected into political office.
The former deputy general secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) asserted that several unlettered persons are more competent, diligent, and, more importantly, wise enough to replace the so-called educated politicians in political office.
Lawyer Obiri Boahen argued that we should not insult the intelligence of Ghanaian voters and the choices they make in electing their representatives for the legislative house.
He was responding to a question as to whether Ghanaian voters should consider only educated persons in parliament considering the loads of work they do.
“Don’t try to insult or underrate the intelligence of the voters in the constituency. When we do that, we are insulting the intelligence of the electorate. Go to Makola, Kumasi, and other areas; some women and traders have not been to school but have traded and expanded their businesses.
They have built several houses and sent their children to tertiary. There are also those educated people who have failed woefully in the kinds of jobs they have been given. So those of us who can read and write should stop behaving as if we are the only ones who are wise or competent,” the lawyer added.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana