Although Ghana’s polls opened today, Dec 7th at 7am, there were verifiable reports in the media yesterday about voters who had started queuing at polling stations as early as 10 pm. Some marked their positions in the queues by using bricks and other materials . It is even reported that some had gone to the polling stations with mosquito nets where they ended up spending the night. This interesting situation is observed every election season. I am yet to figure out why it happens!
1. Most of the voters perhaps want to be one of the first people to have voted in their area. This offers them an undisputed bragging rights in their areas. For Ghana it is a sign to show that the citizens understand the need to be a part of the voting process and have therefore made it their priority. It sends a message to all other undecided voters to get off their lazy chairs and join selection process.
2. I think this maybe a strategy by some candidates to send out a strong message to their opponents. If I were a candidate and I heard voters in my rival’s strong hold were queuing as early as 8 hours before the polls opened, indeed I would be concerned.
3. It may also be one of the only ways of ensuring that a voter could vote early enough, so he or she could go and pay attention to other seemingly important aspects of life.
These thoughts are just my wildest guesses, I am curious to know. Share your thoughts with me, why would you think they queue at midnight although the polls start at 7am the next day?