By Solomon Opoku – Accra, Ghana, Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Political analysts in the West African country of Ghana are beginning to fear a dangerous trend in Ghana’s Democracy. The District Level Election which was organized, December 17, 2019, many say gives a clear indication that Ghanaians are fed up and citizens don’t see the need to line up again at polling centers to cast their votes.
The total voters’ turnout after the Election was poor. The Financial Commander for The Economic Freedom Fighters Of Ghana (EFFGH), Thomas Penny Asaam told National Telegraph; “Ghanaians have lost interest in the two major political parties in Ghana – The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and The National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Asaam said this is the main reason for such poor turnout. He further explained that, although District Level Elections are not partisan, the lack of development and reoccurrence of economic hardship in Ghana, citizens have all lost hope and see no reason to go out and vote.
Using his Electoral Area in Cape Coast as a point of reference, the total registered voters in the register were eight hundred and thirty-six (836), but he was very surprised to notice that out of these numbers, only one hundred and ninety-eight (198) votes were cast.
To him, it’s a clear signal that Ghanaians are fed up. He again said, “I saw some people working in their shop, others were on the streets busy selling, none of them showed any concern going to the polling centers to vote.”
Assam like many fears the worse might happen in the 2020 General Election. To them, if citizens have refused to come out to the polling centers to vote for the people they stay with (people of their own) then something more serious should be expected at the 2020 General Election.
This trend is dangerous to them. It’s thought it may destroy Ghana’s Democracy as corrupt politicians may take advantage of any low turnout and voters’ desperation to seriously influence results. Many who would’ve voted for genuine leaders may also end up staying home. This will eventually give opportunity to underserved candidates.