Since the last election in 2012 which led to a misunderstanding between the opposition party and ruling party (resulting to the opposition party taking the issue to court), there is been a higher expectation for this year’s election. Earlier this year, citizens have been anticipating for this day. It’s past midday and citizens are queuing to vote. Prior to this day, there is been several peace campaigns in the country which makes foreigners and tourists uncomfortable as continuous highlight on peace makes others think of the potential of a war happening.
The police and other security services brought out a lost if hot spots where it is likely that a conflict or minor violence may arouse due to previous experiences but these hot spots have recorded zero conflicts since morning. This has even surprised some residents and media reporters who have been following elections in these areas. Ghana stays peaceful and democratic.
The country is set to be a role model of democracy and peace in Africa, the elections have been very peaceful and the country is witnessing smooth elections since they started earlier today. The president of the country HE John Dramatic Mahama voted not long ago and following casting his ballot, he said to the media that “whatever be the outcome, Ghana will win”. John Agyekum Kuffour, former president of Ghana and a key player of the major opposition party, after his vote said that Ghana will see peaceful elections and that is as a results of the countries maturity in democracy and previous elections. This messages shows how important democracy and peace is relevant to both parties and the country as a whole.
Prior to the election year, power crisis has been a big issue for small and medium enterprises and other mega industries as power shortage led to many poor economic performance of many manufacturing and production businesses. Hence, power issues has long been one of the important issues the working group and entrepreneurs are considering before voting. Additionally, lots of university students’ and graduates are looking at job creation as a key issue in deciding their votes. The country currently suffers high level of unemployment which needs to be resolved as soon as possible to aid the country’s youth after they successfully go through the education system. Other sectors that are likely to make the decisions for citizens include Water Supply, Quality Education, Infrastructure, and Corruption.
Talking to many Ghanaians over the last four years since the sitting president assumed power, there have been numerous projects that strengthens the infrastructural status of the country – with road construction leading the way. In view of this, and as a campaign strategy, the ruling party launched a brochure called “the green book” which highlighted all projects implemented by the sitting government over the last four years and thus, the need for citizens to vote for him. As some people appreciate these projects, obviously many others think more needs to be done. In several media discussions, social commentators have said that road construction and building of schools and other infrastructures are the duty of the president and should not be projected as a gift from the president to the country. In many other instances, there have been hot debates between members of the political parties.
In few weeks back, national debates which were held for the aspiring candidates for presidency has never witnessed the full presence of all the candidates. This also resulted in citizens not exhausting the vision and plans of the candidates. However, the day is finally here and the country has witnessed peaceful elections so far. The election will end by 5pm and the country remains calm as people humbly await the outcome which will decide the future of the country over the next four years. Although smooth, there have been minor issues regarding the voting process as the country uses biometric verification of qualified voters before they vote. In some areas, verification officers arrived late which led to the delay of the voting process. Additionally, there are few areas where citizens who expect to vote have been refused to vote due to many reasons which have been outlined by the countries Electoral Commission.
Hopefully, we expect that the West African country will see a peaceful and successful election process and await the outcome. Many countries have voted this year where the results follows a thread of change (where major opposition parties have won the elections), will Ghana follow the trend?