PEACE, THE WANING LIGHT IN THE FORTH COMING ELECTIONS. THE STAKE OF THE INDIVIDU
2008-11-25 21:46:15This article has been read 1108 times.It is not out of word to say that every human society is responsive to continuous flux of change as such, we often hear that ‘varieties are the spices of life’. It is equally an obvious fact that Ghana is on the cross-road to political transition and so the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections have become a street talk. This coming election is often deliberated by every Tom, Dick and Harry even at odd hours of our daily rounds. It is in the light and spirit of this that Dagbon Students Association (DASA), KNUST chapter also wish to bring to the lamp light of every Ghanaian some basic but worthwhile viewpoints in respect of the forthcoming elections.
The 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana article 42 says: “Every citizen of Ghana of 18years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections and referenda”. No doubt about that! Hence every Ghanaian at age eighteen (18) or above with sound mind and of course registered electoral card bearer has the liberty to vote without any intimidation or threat from anyone.
7th December, 2008 as we all know is just a stone throw away and this is an opportunity for every Ghanaian to effect a better change in his or her society. DASA KNUST is with the full conviction that the two Presidential debates organized by IEA and a series of rallies in our various respective areas have awarded all and sundry the opportunity to foretell the future, whether it will be bleak or otherwise, should party A or B assume political leadership in the country. We must remember that the mistake we make today can follow us into our graves.
The huge mark of different ways in which we see and appreciate things calls for our political colouration or affiliation. This is not a means of identifying one another or as enemies. Just like how many people see light in Christianity, others see true light in Islam and of course others in traditional African religion. Accepting to be part of any social grouping is not an end in it self but a means to an end. Our struggle to survive may take different dimensions or patterns but the ultimate goal is to survive and live better lives. Let us see but no brother or neighbour as enemy because of our political differences but rather as allies or foot-soldiers driven to the same dreamland and that is a better Ghana, devoid of rancour, mutilation, discrimination and of course established an egalitarian society of best standards and morals.
It is indeed not a mere speculation but an established fact that, our late honourable speaker of Parliament, Mr. Peter Ala-Adjetey was a staunch NPP sympathizer whiles his son Larry Ala-Adjetey is an NDC activist, the PNC national chairman Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan’s own daughter Samira Bawumia is an NPP member. As well the daughter of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, President of the first republic of Ghana, Samia Nkrumah identifies herself with the CPP and her brother Seku Nkrumah is with the NDC, the list continues. However, this ideological differences in the above named personalities and many more do not see themselves as enemies but the sharp contrast is the case in most of us. This is a clear demonstration of a sense of belongingness, a better understanding of different political ideologies and indeed a remarkable and enviable political maturity.
Sometimes, political defections may occur because they form part of a political system. This however, happens when political ideologies are not consistent and favourable enough to some personalities. However, this justification does not guarantee us to abuse this sensational political culture by jumping from one political party to another in the name of defection.
The name of our dear nation, Ghana echoes every ear in the international community and we can only maintain the dignity, credibility and the accorded respect or accolade if we come out of this years’ elections without any chaos or taint. The international community is indeed looking up to Ghana as an epitome or architect of Africa’s democracy, for our fervent competitor, Kenya, in terms of democracy in Africa, has already dragged its name into disrepute. We can only achieve this nugget of election free and fair, non-violent if from now on we tune our minds towards conceding defeat should the election fails to favour us. As an alchemy, let us all pray to God to guide us extensively through this moment of precise decision making by seeking what Reinhold Neighbour says “God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change, courage to change those I can and the wisdom to make a difference”. However, we must not sit aloof but rather be on the watch out, ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of electoral materials, fair counting procedures and in fact sincerely act diplomatically when the need arises. Peaceful election is what DASA, KNUST stands for and we believe that every Ghanaian yearns for same and this is not far from fetch for Barack Obama (the true spirit of determination) the Afro-American president elect by extension says “yes, we can”, and indeed we must do it.
The hall mark for this write up is to drum-home the message of peace before, during and after the elections which is crucial to Dagbon and the nation at large. Let’s all habour trust and confidence in our electoral commission, the security apparatus of this country, both local and foreign observers of the forth coming elections.
Finally, we wish to reiterate a clarion call on all Ghanaians and Northerners in particular to respect the Laws of the land, avoid taking electioneering matters too personal for just like how harmattan comes and quits, so is the season of political gymnastics. And indeed, inspite of our various political colourations, we are all aiming at one bird, for all you know “out of many, we are one” says Barack Husein Obama.
Long live DASA,
Long Live Peace Loving Ghanaians,
Long Live Ghana and
Long Live Mama Africa.
Abdul-Mumuni Sualihu a.k.a. Zaapayim Alhassan H. Sadat (DART)
DASA PUBLICITY SECRETARY DASA PRESIDENT
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