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.