Ranting & Obscenity

Listening to one of the so-called flag bearers ranting yesterday about his disqualification by the Electoral Commission, (EC) was a nightmare.

It left us in no doubt about the need to overhaul our political system and make it difficult, if not impossible, for clowns to claim to be politicians, let alone eye the presidency.

He swore and humiliated himself on radio with such reckless abandon: we wondered how such a person could even think of presenting himself for consideration as a presidential candidate. Thankfully, he and his ilk have been shot down by the electoral law.

So how did such a character and those like him pass through the legal checks in previous elections, specifically during the reign of Afari Gyan?

We are constrained to think that there were deliberate manouvres to circumvent the electoral laws hiding behind the so-called independence of the EC clause.

Ghanaians must scrutinize every action taken by the EC with a view to raising the red flag when such moves are suspected to have breached the law.

This is an important means of cleaning up the system and ensuring that democracy works to our benefit. It would be difficult to achieve goal when government funds some of these clowns to mess up the political ambience.

The creation of so-called political parties which do not even meet the standard conditions has become an industry, a lucrative one, provided the so-called grouping is ready to do the dirty bidding of the party in power.

When a so-called politician states without mincing words that his mission is to incessantly attack the leader of the largest opposition party, then we must understand that something has gone wrong with our system and this requires immediate attention from all of us, more so, when government turns its attention from the aberration.

On hindsight, we find it regrettable that important persons at the helm of national affairs would engage a joker, support him with state funds to become a nuisance during a critical presidential debate: deliberately coughing on stage and being paid for it, is morally smelly.

Politics is about decency and whoever in his bid to snatch power throws it to the dogs just like the coughing politician, can sell the country for pittance provided this would inure to his benefit.

Smaller parties, which were formed as part of the money-making industry but now disqualified, have reason to shed tears as the swearing man did when a radio station called him to speak to the disqualification: he fouled the air and poisoned the kids who listened to him.

It can be painful when a money spinning venture is shot down.

Educated persons, especially those at the helm, must be imbued with the spirit of nationalism and respect the people they are supposed to serve.

Those who encouraged the swearing disqualified man when he embarked upon his political project must be held responsible for his unbecoming conduct on air yesterday. What a shame!