In DepthColumnsFor a Violence-Free Election in Ghana

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Posted on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 01:09

For a Violence-Free Election in Ghana

Franklin Cudjoe

As has become the tradition with elections in mostly less predictable developing countries, prayer is not just the key to assuage our fears, it has become a nationally sanctioned profession of our faith even if we are not deserving of the mercies that flow from it since most of the time the prayers are not backed by God-intent.

 

However, we need it now even if for the sake of it. So, Christians and Muslims must pray for peaceful elections.

Elections are about making choices for progress. Simply cast your vote for the party or individual you believe shares your vision for respect, civility, progress and a predictable future.

There is no need to perform this sacred function with violence.

You must under no circumstance sell your vote for pittance, be it a car, a house, a bag of salt, cassava farrine, rice, because your life and choice are worth more than these.

Please demand from the buyer of your conscience what measures he will put in place to ensure a constant flow of these freebies to the critically disabled and more crucially how his activities can put money in your pocket to buy the very goods, health, insurance, your future and those of your relatives.

Never sell yourself for a pot of gold. Be the gold from which all the glittering must light the path of darkness, despondency, poverty and disease.

Ghana will be fine. God bless you all.



Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe is editor of AfricanLiberty.org and founding director of IMANI, a think tank ranked 5th most influential in Africa, 2009 and the only African think tank named in the top 25 most innovative think tanks in the world in 2010. IMANI is dedicated to fostering public awareness of important policy issues concerning business, government and civil society.

He has been cited in the UK House of Commons’ debate on aid and development in Africa and by South Africa's Supreme Court Judge on patents and intellectual property in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Cudjoe debated sitting Tanzanian President Mkapa on globalisation in 2007. In 2010, Cudjoe led the World Bank Ghana-Africa region‘s task to help shape the World Bank’s strategy for Africa for 2010-13. In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U.K’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa.

Cudjoe is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K. focusing on the impact of corporate social investment in Ghana and donor driven projects. He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute's Think Tank Training programme. In 2010 Cudjoe was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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