I have been quiet for a while, I apologize to my readers but being a student isn’t easy. Not that I’m complaining. I would like to keep this short and straight to the point. Its a topic I don’t like discussing, politics.After listening to the radio and following elections that took place in my school, I understand why Ghana has a lot of corrupt politicians.
The time has come for Ghanaians to decide who will be our next leader. But are Ghanaians really deciding? Is Ghana making the right choice? What influences our decision in choosing a suitable leader for our dear motherland? Are the candidates competent? More importantly, are the voters competent enough to choose a competent leader? All these are but a few questions that trouble my mind.
Voters are supposed to listen to the manifestos of the candidates and also listen to presidential debates. Then from what the candidates say, they can decide who to vote for. Well, that is the ideal situation, but let’s face reality, we prefer voting based purely on sentiments, what I choose to call “SENTIMENTAL VOTING”. Voters do not even know what the manifesto says or what the candidates have in store for the nation.They just need to like one candidate, or hate another. Or like one party and hate another. Some voters don’t even care who is representing their party, all they want is victory in the polls for their party. But what if the person representing the party is not competent? or at all cost, the party must win? Is the voter willing to vote for the opposition party because the candidate representing that party is more competent?
What annoys me most is what I call “TRIBALISTIC VOTING”. The party must originate from their tribe. If one party is formed by one tribe and has most of its members coming from that tribe then you must expect that party to win in that particular tribe. Is this right? So what if the tribe members are the majority in the nation, meaning that party would always win the elections whether the candidates representing them are competent or not.
Now if the candidates are smart enough,they could motivate the voters by buying their votes. They give some money here, organize an event there, splashing money around. “SELFISH VOTING”, that is what I call it and the voters too are only thinking about how to temporarily fill their stomachs. It boils down to this, we vote for selfish reasons, not even thinking about how our decision is going to affect the growth of our beloved motherland.
As we visit the polls, I pray that we consider all candidates and attach logic to our decisions. We should vote for people who are competent enough to make Ghana a better place than they met it. Your vote is your power, we should vote to make Ghana a better place and stop blaming politicians because honestly, we put them there. We should vote these
insult filled politicians out of our government and off radio stations. Ghana deserves better.