voters look forward to presidential and parliamentary elections this Sunday,
December 7, some are looking back – to the recent elections in the United
States. Voice of America English to Africa Service's Joana Mantey in Accra, reports.
Kwamena Esilfie Conduah says the US candidates were more straightforward. He
says the US media also fulfilled their watchdog role by asking questions and
calling for accountability. But Conduah is not sure if the same can be said
about the Ghanaian media: "How much scrutiny has occurred in our media except
for propaganda for this political party or that political party?"
In the US election, there
was one clear winner. Conduah says he is not comfortable with recent
developments in Africa, where the concept of power-sharing seems to be gaining
ground: "We must back those who learn
lessons from Kenya, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. You see, the new idea of
power-sharing has sent wrong signals to people elsewhere in Africa and the
developing world because the incumbent defeated in Africa does not want to go,"
Ghanaian lecturer Mawuli
Quarshigah expresses a similar view, saying that as it happened in the United
States, in Ghana's upcoming elections, both "the victor and the vanquished must
accept the election as long as it is free and fair."
And what does the
victory of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama mean to Ghanaians as they prepare
for their own elections?
For Ajoa Mensima, a
secretary, it means that nothing is impossible to achieve if one sets one's
heart on it: "I want to use this to
advise women who are always scared to come to the limelight that we should make
it our aim to [participate in] the political scene. We should not depend on
people who might discourage us," she said.
a public servant, Ebenezer Ojawoo says the Obama victory should serve as
motivation for all black people: "He
has been able to rise to the highest [and] the most powerful office in the
world, so it should give us hope that as Ghanaians we must aim higher and work
towards (the goals) we have set for ourselves."