The West African nation of Ghana, today Dec 7th goes to the poll to select its next leader. 8 Parties are contesting this year’s elections in a nation which is largely known for its democracy and peace. All candidates have put in budget to ensure their messages get heard in all parts of the country. My only problem though is the defacing of the city and towns (and off course the villages as well) with their posters and banners. One would think that leaders vying for the Presidency would be more disciplined and ask their followers to do same. I have however observed a disturbing phenomenon, not just in this election season, but in previous ones as well.
Candidates mostly have teams which handle their marketing and these teams have one main objective; to push their candidates messages as far and as wide as they can. As much as I would admit the actual candidates have little or nothing to do with where and how their banners are distributed, I think that as Ghanaians we could be more disciplined. After the elections, we mostly see defaced walls and banners hanging on electricity poles in a way which makes one wonder if he or she is indeed in a city.
By this post, I am appealing to all politicians, to take responsibility of their team’s actions. I would believe a leader who intends to instill discipline in the nation would want to start from his own team. I know you want to be President, but please leave my wall alone!