Ghana votes… and in less than 24 hours, eligible Ghanaians will be lining up at polls across the country to cast their votes, through which they decide who governs them in the next four years. This is what the democratic system, which most of us opened our eyes in, implies.
This piece highlights why you should vote. Since your vote is important, it’s also important to know whom you’re voting for.
Why You Should Vote
When it comes to religiosity, or should I say spirituality, just like it’s engrossed in most Africans, it’s also deeply engrossed in Ghanaians. This is regardless of how faithful the followers of each faith is toward it. However, the ‘democratic system’ which governs Ghana has largely been non-religious. Therefore, this election is a secular system, and has nothing to do, in theory, with a particular religion, its teachings or way of governance. And for that matter, every Muslim, who eligible for voting, has the moral responsibility to take part in casting his vote.
As an eligible voter, you should participate in the elections because:
- You are Ghanaian and live in Ghana.
- It’s about you, your future, and the future of your children.
- If you don’t, the elections will still carry on.
- This is the only time you have a say in who your leaders are.
- The leaders (president and the parliamentarians) to be elected will run the country.
- They will decide your future for the next four years.
- Any decision they make for your country in the next four years will affect you personally for a decade or more to come.
- What affects you today shall affect your born and unborn children.
- What affects your born and unborn children shall affect a generation or more to come.
Once you are convinced and have decided to participate in the elections, it’s important to think carefully about whom you vote for.
Who You Should Vote For
In my article “What Matters… When You Make Your Choice to Support or Oppose”, I made mention of the cruciality of the reason, on which you should base to decide on whom to vote for or against.
This is because, elections is not just elections, where you cast your vote and go back to sleep. Yes, after casting your vote, you should go home and wait for the results, to ensure unnecessary clashes. But casting your vote should come after you have envisioned the Ghana you want to live in for the rest of your life, the Ghana you want to hand over to your children and grandchildren to come.
Casting your vote requires that you put your personal differences with your opposing political parties aside and think big, and, if possible, out of the box. Moreover, elections is a practice of moral and religious responsibility. Therefore:
- It’s important, that the one we decide to vote for, is someone, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, we can comfortably stand before God one fine day to testify for. To testify for, for what he is and was, not what we think he can be.
- It’s important, that we realize that we are voting for the sake of Ghana, and not for the sake of our limited personal interests and the satisfaction of our desires alone.
Vote for Ghana
When we vote for Ghana:
- We vote for peace
- We vote for good governance.
- We vote for prosperity
- We vote for coexistence
- We vote for a day that the next generation will raise their hands to God and seek blessings for our souls.
This is regardless of whom you vote for, as long as you know, down inside your heart, that he or she is the person who can lead the nation for the next four or eight years.
Don’t Vote for Personal Interests and Egos
When we vote for our personal interests and egos:
- We vote for violence; because we won’t accept or concede defeat.
- We vote for more corruption; because it’s all about us (our personal interests), not Ghana.
- We vote for tribalism and racism; because our emotions determine our decisions, not our guided thoughts.
One day of instability in a country means a decade of backwardness and destruction of the future of our children and grandchildren. We can’t afford to lose what we call home. Our children will have nowhere to call home, if you (the fathers and mothers) have no place to call home. We can only do justice to our children when we do justice to Ghana. In fact, we do just to Ghana, when teach our egos to conform to sportsmanship and live up the spirit of the 21st century.
God bless Ghana. Long Live Ghana!