When voters deliver their verdict
9/20/2012 3:45:08 PM -
During these periods, the politician very much identifies with the plight of the people, and comes to a common agreement that the people really deserve an improvement in their lives.
Sometimes, what the people really need is not the heaven they promise, but the very basic necessities of life such as water and shelter.
But the Ghanaian voter has far too long been taken for granted by the politician, for whom they queue to vote for under the scorching sun every four years.
Sometimes, projects are commenced a few months or weeks to elections, and are never completed until the next election period, when the projects are revisited.
Sometimes, the politicians who promise to be always available to the people are never seen again until the next elections.
Yesterday, residents of Ekumfi Potwaben, a farming community in the Mfantseman East constituency, under the newly-created Ekumfi District Assembly, served notice that they had become the wiser after being treated with contempt by politicians over the years.
They have vowed not to allow any political party to campaign in their community for the 2012 general elections, if their seven year old abandoned electricity project is not completed.
They are also determined to destroy all posters of any political party in the community and block the road on election day.
A report, carried by myjoyonline.com, indicates that the small community of Ekumfi Potwaben has, in recent times, been inundated by a series of political activities, with the most visible being campaign posters of the various political parties which occupy every available space in the town, indicating that their votes count.
The community, which is located some four miles from the big commercial town of Mankessim, lacks basic amenities such as potable water, a health facility, and electricity.
The report indicates that in 2007, the Kufuor-led government, through the Electricity Company of Ghana, connected the community to the national grid, with four lamps serving as street lights for the whole community, without connecting it supply to residents.
Households were made to pay GH¢10 each for electricity meters to enable them enjoy the facility, but, five years on, the meters have not been installed.
The communities also lack basic amenities such as potable water, health facilities good roads and many more.
The situation, as prevalent in Ekumfi Potwaben and the feelings of the people are no different from what currently pertains in most parts of the country.
But, what is refreshing is that the Ghanaian voter has become wiser, and is unlikely to fall for the pranks and empty promises of the politician.
Come December 7 th , Ghanaians will carry the fact sheets on their thumbs to the ballot, and deliver their verdict on the performance of the politician.