Once again Ghana is on the verge of going for her parliamentary and presidential elections and this is the time of the year when all the stake holders in an upcoming election goes into overdrive mode. The Electoral Commission, Political Parties, media, security personnel, the international community etc etc will be observing with keen eyes how Ghanaians conduct themselves before, during and after the elections
First of all, the onus lies on the Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and transparent election. But this will not be achieved without the involvement of the other stake holders. They must work with the Electoral Commission to have an incident free election. The voters too must do their part to ensure peace before, during and after the elections. The security agencies must ensure that there are no ballot boxes snatched on Election Day. Anyone caught in that act must be dealt with according to the laws of the land.
Ghanaians must be given the opportunity to make a good choice, no one should impose his or her choice of candidate either presidential or parliamentary on another person. Everyone must be given the opportunity to express his or her opinion on the issues at stake in the upcoming elections. Ghanaians need quality education, good drinking water, good roads, better salaries, quality and affordable healthcare, affordable housing, a nation devoid of corruption, nepotism and cronyism, a transparent government, employment opportunities for the youth. Political parties’ campaigns should be devoid of insults, mudslinging and unrealistic promises as we are being inundated now by the various political parties each promising “one this , one that”. Voters must also debate issues and argue in a matured manner and not because one supports a certain political party so anything they say is right and achievable. If you don’t agree with someone on a political issue, you also have the opportunity to make your point devoid of insults and invectives.
Ghana must be the ultimate winner on 7th December, 2016 and not someone or a group of people who only wants to satisfy their selfish interests. Let’s say no to violence and embrace peace. We should not allow politics to divide our nation and create chaos and confusion amongst us, after all we have only one Ghana and posterity will judge us if we fail to keep and maintain the precious peace we are currently enjoying. We should not fail the coming generations. God bless Ghana, God bless you all.