EC Announcement Delay Worries Me

So Ghana went for change and in the process almost changed the colours of our flag to white, blue and red. Celebrations have been on going since the President John Mahama conceded. Some celebrations however have gone overboard and caused unnecessary pain.
This morning I want to share my concerns about the Electoral Commision’s (EC) delay in announcing the election results.
I had the opportunity of listening to an audio post on whatsapp that detailed how the NPP was sure it had won the elections. I won’t go into the details but it involved hacking of which I believe because on 7th December 2016, around 22:00 I could not access the EC website. I tried hour after hour and still could not access it.
On Friday I put up a post expressing my views on our behaviour towards the delay of the EC in announcing the results. My view was to let the EC do it’s job. I was not privy to any information suggesting inefficiency. As far as I was concerned the EC had the best means to go about managing the election and announcing the results.
This news about the NPP having the results before the EC however worries me and brings up a lot of questions. Why did it take the EC so long in announcing the results? How efficient is the EC in doing its job? Is this going to be addressed? 
I don’t have facts for these issues being raised but the conversations I have been part of suggests that the NPP was vigilant in ensuring that their votes were protected and that the right thing was done. This is the right attitude to adopt but the EC should surpass the vigilance of the NPP as the refree in the electoral process. It sounds as if that was not the case.
I am not comfortable. As a Ghanaian voting for the first time I believe an institution like the EC has more than enough time to prepare for an election and ensure that the security and validation of votes are coallated in the most efficient manner. For a political party to be more efficient raises some serious eye brows. I don’t have the facts but I am interested in finding out more about this issue. 
All Ghanaians should be interested in finding out about the delay. Media houses should delve into these why’s. The integrity of our country and institutions are at stake.
If CHANGE is really here then let’s change the attitude of silence and ask a simple question. Why was there a delay?
As we keep it One Hondred leading to Christmas, what’s your take on the EC’s delay to announce?

Toaso or Change – which is LOUDER?

Two days more to election and I can’t find my Voters ID. I better increase my search efforts because I really want to vote this year. 
Though I applaud all political parties in the final run towards the presidency, I am not sure what the the rest are doing in the race. 
By rest I mean all political parties aside NDC (National Democratic Congress) and NPP (New Patrotic Party). Sorry guys (the rest) but my vote goes to one of these two parties. That’s not to say that the two parties are the best but the odds are in their favour. It is between these two that the battle will be won so I want to aid in the decision process.
Speaking of aiding, last Thursday I had the opportunity to drive through 37, The Olusegun Obasanjo road, the highway leading to Pokuase, parts of Dome and Haatso. I was surprised to see billboards and various adverts of NDC splashed all over town. 
I must say that I am impressed with the marketing campaign used in the adverts. It is very clear and concise. When I compare this to what the opposition is doing I can’t help but feel that the competition is one sided.

An NDC advert at Kanda
An NDC advert at Kanda

I understand Accra is just a portion of Ghana and I also understand that other marketing efforts other than visual adverts are being employed. Despite this, in certain parts of Accra, it seems that NDC is better informing its voters and aspiring voters on who to vote for better than the NPP.
I had a debate about this with someone and they kept going on about whether the claims made in the adverts were valid. The question is how many people ask the validity question these days. Even in this Information Age when false news is propagated on social media how many people, educated or uneducated alike bother to verify?
Even if I were to ignore the above the thing is I get the agenda that NDC is pushing. NDC via their adverts are saying that they have developed Ghana to a point, they have provided infrastructure and jobs to many sectors and want the nation to allow them to continue and thus the slogan, “JM Toaso, Toaso”. 
An NDC advert at 37
An NDC advert at 37

In addition to that, it has been indicated in majority of the adverts the position of the NDC presidential candidate. As of Thursday I now know that  NDC is third on the presidential ballot sheet. It has been drummed into my head every where I turned whether I liked it or not.
Compared to NPP the only thing I am hearing is the word “Change” and in that department it seems as if “Toaso” is louder. As of today I am not even sure of which position NPP is on the ballot sheet. 
Will all this make a difference?
Maybe. It’s difficult to tell. For me what I have seen is only in sections of Accra. It doesn’t speak of what is happening in other regions and towns. 
If however the capital is anything to go by, I can assume that the marketing campaigns are similar in other regions. Maybe NPP concentrates more in other regions. Maybe other marketing strategies are being employed.
What do I know? I am not a political scientist, just your average observer. From what I observe, NDC has done a better job advertising in the sections of Accra I have visited. It will be interesting to correlate the results in these areas with the adverts to see the impact.
Maybe it’s a money thing. Maybe others want to follow suit but the funds are just not available. If that were the issue I would hope that in the future a budget of adverts be raised and controlled by the EC (Electoral Commission). 
Here all political parties that qualified to run for the presidency will be allocated the same budget to be used for adverts. The parties would bid for advertising lspaces through advertising agencies and the EC would control this to ensure that every party is given a fair shot at communicating to the people.
Such a utopian idea, maybe one day my wish will come true. Either way, let’s go out in our numbers to exercise our vote. 
Keep the peace and keep it One Hondred!

The Circus is Coming!

With the colours and picture of elephants (NPP), eagles and umbrellas (NDC), doves (NDP), chickens (CPP) and an explosion (PPP) on the streets of Accra, you can’t blame me for viewing this year’s election as a circus. I just can’t seem to find the clowns though.
(I don’t know why but I first thought PPP stood for “Pow Pow Pow” because of explosion in their logo)
It is very obvious that Accra is getting ready for something big come December. If you are not Ghanaian and arrived in Ghana last week, you would definitely ask why colours of black, green, white, red and blue are all over the place. 
It’s an election year and as Ghana draws towards its voting day the streets of its capital has been over decorated in party colours of the various political parties. 
I have always wondered why majority of political party colours in Ghana stick to the colours red, green and white. With the exception of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which has black in its colours and New Patrotic Party (NPP) with blue, all other political parties running for the presidency are stuck within the red, green and white colour prison. 
(Maybe that’s why the main competition is between NDC and NPP. The rest all just look alike)
This causes some confusion when it’s just the colours campaigning. The branding of some of these parties are very poor and could be improved to make them stand out more. 
My issue with all this hullaballo of colours on our streets is that it’s over done and seems to be done without any regulation. Lamp posts, electricity poles, sign boards, trees, walls, you name it. No object is spared in this decorating frenzy. In my opinion the trees have it better though it leaves me wondering about the tree stump in the image below. 
(I apologize for the LEAVES me wondering pun)

NPP colours decorated on a tree stump
NPP colours decorated on a tree stump

The above image however is a better looking picture of the problem. (Though the decoration could be improved)
The main picture for this post highlights the problem better. We often see it on our streets. The Olusegun Obasanjo Highway is a good example. It leaves one to wonder how the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) tolerates this mess all in the name of elections.
I blame all the parties and the AMA for this misconduct. Some of the branding done on the streets are beautiful but the flags and other things need regulation. Our streets look like a circus is coming to town. What bothers me is what happens to all the cloth and stuff hanging around after the elections. 
Who picks up after?
Election campaign poster on a wall in Ghana
Election campaign poster on a wall in Ghana
The posters pasted on walls is even worse. It is here that you find the connection between church and politics. 
Again in this scene I blame the churches, political parties and the AMA. The churches and political parties should do better in setting an example for the country to follow. 
These things are difficult to control but it is clear that when it comes to certain institutions a blind eye is turned. Regulation must however be enforced, to ensure that the streets of Ghana look beautiful. 
If our leaders do this, what do we expect the people who follow them to also do?
Keep winning and always remember to keep it One HONDRED!