please Ghana, don’t. Resist the temptation

The just concluded run-off elections in Ghana have resulted in an awfully close result. Less than once percentage point separates the two candidates, with the opposition’s Atta Mills having a slight edge. The Ghanaian electoral commission has said that it will announce the results on Friday. Opposition supporters are already claiming victory even as both sides claim that there were wide irregularities that might have significantly affected the outcome.

I trust (more like I hope) Ghana does not pull a Kenya on itself. With all the hype that has surrounded this West African country as a model of governance on the continent it would be a disappointment if things got out of hand as a result of a close election. The ruling party should be willing to give up power, if it loses. The same applies to the opposition. Democracy is a self-correcting game. If whoever wins sucks, he can always be voted out in the next election. After all the modern bureaucratic state should be structured such that the people’s will is served, regardless of whatever party is in power. As I wait for Friday I shall keep my fingers crossed and hope that Ghanaians remain the proud supporters of democracy that the whole world wants them to be.

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