A Research Fellow with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr Abdul Gafaru Abdulai, has blamed the electorate for the lack of disposition for issue-based voting in the country.
Speaking to Class News, Dr Gafaru said Ghanaians must vote on issues in the November polls.
“The bottom-up pressures are very important in pushing politicians to do what they would have otherwise not intended to do, but the bottom-up pressures also tend to be much weak in so many cases,” he stated.
“A key reason again, has to do with that fact that you and I are not sufficiently discerning, as far as our voting pattern is concerned. We know that there are certain regions and communities in this country that no matter how terrible a political candidate may be that candidate may win in particular communities and particular districts and so on and so forth. We need to put a stop to that.
“We need to send a strong signal to our politicians that we vote on the basis of issues. We do complain that our political parties should campaign on issues, but do we vote on issues ourselves?”
According to Dr Gafaru, the citizenry could play a role in pushing the quality agenda issue, as far as service delivery was concerned.
“We want to see how our political parties would assure us that they are going to implement policies that would contribute to the quality of healthcare delivery, education, and so on and so forth,” he said.