Get Set To Exercise Your Right To Vote: A Call To Action For Ghanaian Citizens

In accordance with Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, every citizen of Ghana who is eighteen years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections and referenda. As the upcoming election is about 10 months away, it is crucial to remind Ghanaians of voting age to exercise their right to vote and actively participate in shaping the future of our nation, when the time comes.
Oftentimes, we hear people say they will not vote in the elections. We must not let perceived disappointment by previous regimes and discouragement hinder us from exercising our right to vote. Our votes have the power to bring about change and hold politicians accountable for their actions.
It is said that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” By casting our votes, we take that first step towards building a better Ghana.
It is important to emphasize the consequences of failing to vote. Our silence, at the ballot box can result in decisions being made on our behalf by others who may not have our best interests at heart.
With the election approaching, we should take the time to observe the candidates through their previous and current words and deeds. This will enable us to make informed choices that align with our values and aspirations.
Let us remember that our right to vote is a precious gift that should not be taken for granted. As citizens of Ghana, it is our duty to actively participate in the democratic process and make our voices heard. The upcoming election presents an opportunity for us to shape the future of our nation. Let us exercise our right to vote, overcome past disappointments, and choose leaders who will work tirelessly for the betterment of Ghana. As the famous Ghanaian proverb states, “A united family eats from the same bowl.” Together, let us unite and build a brighter future for our beloved nation.
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The author, TWENEBOA-KODUAH DICKSON, ESQ is a Legal Practitioner, Notary Public and Member of the Chattered Institute of Arbitration, UK. He has worked extensively in shaping the political future of Ghana as a Media Practitioner for over two decades. He partook in the compilation of the electoral register for the 1992 General Elections as a Registration Assistant. He also served as a Polling Assistant and Presiding Officer for the 1992 and 2000 General elections respectively. In 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020, he was involved in the reporting of the conduct the General elections on major media platforms. He was also involved in the reporting of, and education on the 2012 and 2020 election Petitions.

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