We will be swearing in the President soon. On December 7th 50.7% of the voting public said they wanted the current government to continue to lead the nation for the next 4 years.
All eyes were on Ghana, and mother GH was praised for having a peaceful and transparent election. The opposing party however say there was vote rigging and have taken the matter to court. Are they right to contest, I don’t know but here’s the truth as told from my point of view (which by all means is not the opinion of the masses).
The election was peaceful that is true, but the whole thing to me was a farce. People had been in the queue from 2am that morning waiting for the polling stations to open at 7. Some stations didn’t start until almost midday because they didn’t have the appropriate equipment or the machine was broken. The machine being the biometric reader which we had to register our finger print with. After arriving at 3 I finally voted at 8.30pm (polls were supposed to close by 5). The poor guy in front of me didn’t get to vote at all, why because the reader didn’t recognize his fingerprint. Many people just didn’t bother vote and I hear some stations had to re-open the following day as they couldn’t finish in time. The Electoral Commission say these were isolated incidents, I beg to differ. With all this confusion, it is not impossible that there could have been some ballot stuffing.
I am not sure though that there is sufficient evidence to support this claim though. I believe that there are genuine supporters of this President. Not in a bad way but I think the demise of President Mills helped his cause. People want to give him a chance. Then there are the party supporters who would vote for him regardless. Finally I think what swung things their way was the gift of giving. I hear that guys who couldn’t even afford a beer at the local pub were given cars and university students were given Ipad’s in return for their votes.
The saying “give a man a fish and he can eat for the day but teach him to fish and he will eat for a life time” does not apply on this side of the world. The average Ghanaian just wants his fish, tomorrow can take care of itself.
You might say it is sour grapes, I voted for the opposition and they lost. To be honest, if I were to go by my normal voting pattern I by rights should vote for the NDC, I am a democrate and a Labourite, I follow the party that fights for the little man.
However I don’t think there is anything Democratic about a party who governed this country by way of a coo for 20 years. I also don’t have faith in a party which has given out millions in bogus judgement debts when my lights can go off for days at a time, and I have had to buy water for my tank because Ghana Water has switched off their taps for the past two months.
I also cannot support a party which ignores the fact that little kids are in traffic begging when they should be in school.
But that’s me, 50.7% of the voting population do have faith and the majority have spoken. Let’s see what the next four years will bring.
Glad to be able to read your blogs again as I have missed your comments. I am glad that you. have a more balanced view of the election than a lot of NPP supporters. I am also hoping that their court case is thrown out.
I don’t actually think there is much difference between either party as most politicians are out for what they can get and the NPP didn’t cover themselves in glory by buying up government properties at bargain prices. I was also a teacher here in a previous life and know what a disaster free SHS education would be without proper planning that would first train teachers and build classrooms to cope with the influx of students.
Looking forward to your blogs in 2013 and hope your dreams come true!
Alas whoever comes in I will not gain anything out of it…haha
I was in Ashanti region a few weeks ago it was as if someone had died. Its amazing how serious people take this politics thing.
Thanks for your comment and wishing you all the best this new year also x
I beg to differ with Ann Meridith. We all have opinions but when you begin to state them as though the are all but the truth, you allow for dissension. I am not currently in Ghana but do follow whats happening there closely. Reasons for which this blog is part of my occasional dose of life back home. A detailed study of the SSS system; education system in Ghana will show that it is mostly catered for by the government. The best schools are mostly private or government assisted and all teachers are government paid. Thus the rhetoric to make room and board free isn’t much more than taking a bit of the burden of those who cant afford it taking away the issue of cost as an impediment. You also try to point out the buying of govt property, is this not something that occurred in either governments and didn’t the supreme court rule in favor of Jake? On the issue of judgement debt you didn’t say anything? The monies paid out will suffice for free education.
I think that they had a good platform, however the average Ghanaian looks at what they can put into their pocket now instead of how they can feed themselves for the rest of their lives. We just have to see how the next 4 years will pan out