Ghanaians Only Matter On Election Day

The only day in this country that Ghanaians matter and have a voice is on Election Day, after voting and ballot counted, with the winners and losers announced, we no longer have a say in the scheme of things, especially how we are govern.

Unfortunately that sacred day, has not been used wisely since 1992, when we ushered in the Fourth republican dispensation.

We vote based on sentiments, emotions, the past (history), religious, as well as tribal bases. None of the above influencing factors, have any correlation with capacity and competence, yet that is the road we always travel.

As someone succinctly puts it, we have been given a blank cheque, instead of making good use of it; we fail ourselves and the unborn generation.

After the election, we no longer have power over the politician, it is the reason why, a president can appoint 111 ministers, and call the bluff of all those screaming about the number.

They sign contracts without regard to procurement laws and we can’t do anything about it, when we talk, we are told to wait four years, because they know, we will repeat the mistake.

We shout to the roof top until we are tired and give up, when we get angry about something; we are reminded that, the anger of the powerless is useless.

This newspaper is of the considered opinion that, we need a revolution of the mind in this country; the people must be woken up to their civic responsibility, we must remind each other that, when we make a mistake on that Election Day, we will live with it for four excruciating years.

We have been insulted by the politicians for far too long, our votes have been taken for granted, and although the 1992 Constitution in Chapter One, article one, clause one that, the Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution.

But do our leaders really govern by the dictates of the Constitution?




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