GHANA ELECTION IDEA: CUT AID IF WIDE SPREAD VIOLENCE

Posted on November 30, 2012

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You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat.
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal?
Bob Dylan

First all seems to be going well in Sierre Leone. Results have been announced and the peace seems to be holding, despite the fact that members of the opposition are threatening to boycott parliament. But no violence!

GREAT, since Sierre Leone was one of the countries that Control Risks Elections Monitor November-December 2012 predicted as having “Elections with potential for violence”. So that makes two out of two elections so far that the think tank Control Risks has predicted WRONG!Slovenia and Sierra Leone…

Ghana’s December 7 elections are predicted “likely to pass off peacefully. The E.U. and the U.N. and gawd knows what other international monitoring agencies seem to concur. Nobody is sending monitors. Gawd, I hope they are right! In Sierra Leone these agencies were very vocal in declaring the elections there “free and fair”, thus squelching potential election related violence.

But here in Ghana if the elections are marred by violence, here’s an idea for the international community to consider….you decide if it’s worthy or not. If there is widespread violence, I suggest that missions from the like minded Western nations cut all non-essential, non-humanitarian, non-emergency aid. After all, given that Ghana is a preferred nation, receiving a tremendous amount of assistance, aid itself might even be a factor in giving rise to the violence in this often caricatured winner take all political system.

(please see next post-a quick photo post)

I write this in the wake of the Kumasi Election Peace Accord signed by all the flagbearers of the political parties on Tuesday. I just wonder if that’s enough….

I also write in the wake of Kofi Annan’s statement celebrating Ghana’s image on the world stage as a beacon of democracy while pleading for peaceful elections.

And I also write this in the wake of clashes between NDC and NPP youth right here in Ashtown, KUMASI yesterday, November 29 despite appeals and accords…

So if that’s the case, let there be consequences…Ghanaians are pragmatic and Ghana will think twice…..that we have witnessed first hand when Ghana stood on the brink of election turmoil in 2008!

Afterthought: and if/when Ghana gets through the elections sans international monitors, sans violence, let these same nations reward Ghana on top of heralding the accomplishment.

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