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Ghana Decides 2024: What to Look Out For as Ghanaians go the Polls 

By Caleb Onyeabor/Exclusive to The African Times/USA
Ghana, a beacon of stability in West Africa, stands at a critical juncture in her history. The December 7, 2024, presidential elections will not only determine who leads the nation for the next four years but also chart the course for its economic recovery, social cohesion, and democratic future. With a confluence of challenges – from a crippling economic crisis to rising youth unemployment and political polarization – the stakes have never been higher.
*The Contenders: Familiar Faces and New Aspirations
*Two familiar figures dominate the political landscape:
  • Mahamudu Bawumia, the incumbent Vice President: Riding on the popularity of his economic expertise and technocratic image, Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), promises continuity and stability. He aims to revitalize the economy through fiscal discipline, digitalization, and private sector investment.
  • John Dramani Mahama, the former President: Returning for a third attempt, Mahama, the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), leverages his experience and populist appeal. He advocates for increased social spending, job creation, and infrastructure development, promising to “rescue” Ghana from the current economic hardship.

However, the political landscape is not a binary contest. New voices are emerging:

  • Alan Kyerematen, a seasoned politician and former Trade Minister: Running as an independent candidate, Kyerematen presents himself as a moderate alternative, pledging to bridge the partisan divide and focus on economic transformation and industrialization.
  • Kofi Akpaloo, a charismatic entrepreneur and founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP): Akpaloo’s outsider status and message of youth empowerment and anti-corruption resonate with a disaffected segment of the electorate.

*The Burning Issues: A Nation at Crossroads*

Ghana’s voters face a stark choice, shaped by several pressing concerns:

  • The Crumbling Economy: Inflation at a 25-year high, coupled with a depreciating currency and rising debt, has eroded living standards and fueled public discontent. Both major parties offer different solutions, but convincing voters of their feasibility will be crucial.
  • Jobless Youth: With unemployment hovering around 13%, particularly amongst young graduates, finding decent work has become a herculean task. The candidates’ ability to address this issue and offer concrete solutions will be a key determinant of electoral success.
  • Corruption and Accountability: Public trust in government institutions has been eroded by corruption scandals. Whichever party wins needs to demonstrate a genuine commitment to transparency and accountability to restore public faith.
  • Social Discord and Polarization: Rising political tension and tribal sentiments threaten social cohesion. The candidates must navigate these divisions and promote national unity and inclusivity.

*Uncertain Path: Navigating the Stormy Seas*

The outcome of the 2024 elections remains uncertain. While Bawumia enjoys the incumbency advantage and Mahama retains a strong base, the economic crisis and public disenchantment could swing the vote towards new alternatives. Kyerematen’s independent candidacy and Akpaloo’s fresh appeal add further unpredictability to the mix.

Ultimately, the Ghanaian people will decide their nation’s path. Their choice will determine whether Ghana can weather the current storm and emerge stronger, more united, and prosperous. The candidates must offer not just solutions to immediate challenges but a compelling vision for the future that inspires hope and unites the nation.

*Beyond the Polls: A Call for Collective Action*

The elections are just one piece of the puzzle. Regardless of who wins, Ghana’s road to recovery requires collective action. Strengthening democratic institutions, fostering accountability, and promoting dialogue and inclusivity are crucial for long-term stability and progress.

Civil society organizations, the media, and ordinary citizens all have a role to play in holding their leaders accountable, demanding transparency, and advocating for policies that address the needs of all Ghanaians. Only through collective effort can Ghana build a brighter future where economic prosperity, social justice, and democratic values go hand in hand.

The 2024 elections mark a critical turning point for Ghana. The choices made will not only determine who leads the nation but also shape its destiny. By understanding the issues, personalities, and nuances at play, Ghanaians can navigate this crossroads with clarity and purpose, paving the way for a more prosperous,

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