The tension was palpable, even from abroad. But I knew the general elections of 2016 would be yet another occasion for Ghanaians to showcase their peaceful nature to the rest of the world.
As it turned out, the polls were conducted very peacefully and orderly, thanks to the cooperation of well-meaning Ghanaians from all walks of life, and shame on the prophets of doom.
Accuracy is Better Than Speed
In the long and anxious wait for the results, the new chair of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, had her feet on the ground. She would not yield to pressure to declare any results unless they had been thoroughly processed and verified. This tactic saved the day, because it produced accurate and transparent results, averting any cause for rejection of the verdict or even legal action. Well done, Madam EC!
A Vote For Change
The results clearly indicate that Ghanaians voted decisively for change. More than 50 constituencies flipped from the ruling NDC to the opposition NPP. One of the most unexpected changes happened at Ekumfi, an NDC stronghold, and hometown of the late President Atta Mills, where the NPP triumphed in a very tight contest.
The electoral map of Ghana, as it stands now is very simple. It depicts Ghana's electorate as divided into almost exactly two halves. One-half, in the southern part of the country, is all blue (NPP); the other half, comprising Upper West, Upper East, Northern, as well as Volta Region, is a solid green (NDC). An interesting map indeed!
Skirt and Blouse
The practice of voting different ways in the presidential and parliamentary elections at the same constituency, which Ghanaians humorously refer to as “skirt and blouse”, is now a viable option for some voting districts. As many as 24 constituencies voted skirt and blouse, at least one from every region.
Some things never change
Yes, the electoral landscape of Ghana has changed drastically, but one pattern remains unbroken. No party in the Fourth Republic has managed to win a third consecutive term. This election confirms the trend of Ghanaians changing ruling parties after every second four-year term.
It Pays to be Patient
Nana Akufo-Addo, the president-elect, has been looking forward to becoming the president of Ghana practically all his life. Nothing wrong with that. His political resume is quite impressive: he had a couple of cabinet appointments in a previous administration; he has been working very hard to become either flagbearer of his party or the president of Ghana for many years, etc. He has achieved his ambition at long last.
Ghanaians are therefore hoping that he is ready and prepared for the task. Akufo-Addo cannot afford to fail with all the experience and all these years he has spent preparing for the big day. Congratulations to Nana Akufo-Addo!
The Winner is…Ghana
I don’t regard this election as a win or loss for one party or the other. More importantly, it’s a triumph of peace over violence. The people have decided, and the real winner of Election 2016 is Ghana. Kudos Ghana! Long live Ghanaian democracy.
Written by: Theo Acquah
No Independence After Six Decades
Ten Reasons to be Happy about Ghana
The Name "Ghana" is a Misnomer!
The Shy Eagle
The CK Gyamfi Lesson
Cocoa: A Truly Golden Tree
Medical Vacation Not the Answer