Sunday, 7 December 2008

Ghana Elections 2008!

Who will win?
(Below: Nduom of the CPP, Akufo-Addo of the NPP, Atta Mills of the NDC and Mahama of the PNC)

I guess that is what we are all wondering now as elections have just began. On the news they've shown people who have been queuing outside their polling stations since 1a.m., clearly showing Ghanaians' desire to "exercise their franchise" (a phrase I heard for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th time this week).

Finally we are getting to the end of a year of political talk and campaigning. The world's eyes are on us and they, just like us, hope the elections will run smoothly. Went to an amazing rally on Friday, but the most entertaining sight was seen on our way there. In a trotro that was proudly waving the NDC flag, there was a woman in a CPP t-shirt next to her friend in a NPP t-shirt, both happily doing the kangaroo dance as the NPP convoy went by. The driver (who most likely put the NDC flag on the van) happily smiled and waved to the NPP supporters.

We laughed at the lack of loyalty the driver and CPP woman were showing to their parties, but mostly we were happy to see the good-natured mood of these people of varying political backgrounds, enjoying themselves together.

Let's hope that this will be the general mood of our elections today, after all we are one people, most of us even a mix of several tribes (because let's not ignore the tribal factor in this), who will live together no matter who wins this year. So I hope all of you who can vote get out there and do so peacefully today. Unfortunately we don't have the CNN high-tech election watch here, but 72 hours after voting closes we've been told we'll have the final results.

Can't wait!


Musings Avenue said...

Let's remain hopeful!!

Maya Mame said...

Yes! So far so good!

Camille Acey said...

Good piece here on AlJazeera

Maya Mame said...

Thanks Camille,
What an interesting piece. It's a bit scary to hear the woman say the constituencies have told them to change president every four years!

I really hope that's not the case or that she didn't mean it that way!

Camille Acey said...

Maya, I think some people may have been spouting off misinformation.

Also, when that man was talking about how they are "really suffering" I had to roll my eyes. Shame on him. I know that sometimes folks back home like to send that message to us so that we dont get lax on remittances, but if that man wanted to see real suffering he could hop over to Congo or Zimbabwe!

Maya Mame said...

I completely agree, Camille!
We are spoilt brats here compared to what others are going through!


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