Traders apathetic towards Elections 2016

Accra, Sept 22, GNA – Traders across some
major markets in Accra have developed lethargic posture towards Election 2016.

They said they have lost trust in most of the
political party leaders’ ability to transform the country.

Ms Lameokor Nortey, cooking oil seller at
Mallam Atta Market (Malata), Accra, led the dispirited market women to express
their views to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Tracks Elections 2016.

The GNA project seeks to ensure gender and
social inclusion in national politics and also provide voice for the youth,
vulnerable groups, opinion leaders and broader spectrum of the society to
contribute to peaceful elections.

The Agency is leveraging its network of
journalists and stringers across the country to use its wide network and
coverage to provide an effective monitoring and evaluation of political

She noted that politicians only run to the
markets whenever elections bells are ringing to promise “us heaven on earth…We
heed their calls to vote for the candidates.

“But these leaders ones in power forget about
our plight. This year market women are no longer interested in hearing empty
talks. We need evidence based promise.

Ms Nortey said: “Some of us might not even
vote, others will, but we do not really care much about whoever wins because
they are all the same and will keep disappointing us.”

Aunty Diana Asiamah, a plantain seller said:
“Much attention is paid in developing other markets but no one cares about us
in Malata”.

She said market women and traders in general
are gradually losing political interest due to the attitude of some

Madam Kubura Nassir, a Waakye seller at the
Texpo Market in the Tema-West Constituency called on political parties to
consider the interests of traders.

Madam Oboshie Torgbor, Okro seller at the
Mallam market, said: “I will only vote because it is a duty and right to do so
and not because of the numerous unfulfilled promises by politicians.”

Madam Anita Bentum, a trader who deals in
groceries at Mallam Market said she will not vote in this year’s election as a
result of the lack of development at the market.

She explained that the market lacks some basic
amenities and until that has been provided, she would not vote.

The views of traders were solicited at Makola
Market; Kaneshie Market and Dansoman Market who also expressed similar


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