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Electorate urged to reject Politicians’ unrealistic campaign promises

Eligible voters have been advised to be discerning enough to critically analyze and rationalize politicians’ “outrageous” campaign promises, in order to make prudent choices in their ballots. “We all need to question the validity or otherwise and how realistic the drum-beat campaign messages and promises are before we arrive at a decision on who to vote for, as the 2016 campaign intensified”, Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a media advocacy and human right NGO, said.

Eligible voters have been advised to be discerning enough to critically analyze and rationalize politicians’ “outrageous” campaign promises, in order to make prudent choices in their ballots. “We all need to question the validity or otherwise and how realistic the drum-beat campaign messages and promises are before we arrive at a decision on who to vote for, as the 2016 campaign intensified”, Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a media advocacy and human right NGO, said.

 

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani on Monday, he cautioned the electorate to be careful not to be deceived by the apparent utopian and tantalizing promises being churned out by the leadership of key political parties, saying “some of these promises can never be realized even within two terms-eight years”.

Mr. Ahenu expressed deep concern about the apparent resort to telling palpable lies and the making of “non-achievable campaign promises by the various political parties, especially the ruling National Democratic Congress and the opposition New Patriotic Party, ostensibly to woo voters.

He pointed out that many Ghanaian voters are now enlightened and urged politicians to be careful with what they say since their messages could now be deciphered and rejected when found not to be true.

The CEO was not too happy that gradually Ghana had become a two-party state, NDC and NPP, a situation, he observed had been the bane of accelerated national development.

“A strong political party is required as a third force to consolidate the gains chalked under the country’s multi-party democracy,” he stressed.

 Touching on maintaining peace in the run up, in course of and the aftermath of the Elections, Mr. Ahenu said, the general election would be peaceful if the key actors-the Electoral Commission (CE), security agencies and all other key stakeholders discharged their constitutional duties with impeccable integrity.

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