This year's general elections will be a hotly contested one, and as usual, every political party in the race is going to do anything to get your vote.
So in order to make sure your vote counts exactly where you want it to, here are 5 vital tips on how to make the right decision.
This is the most obvious of all, ‘cause you can’t vote if you don’t register. Of course as far as this year’s elections are concerned if you haven’t already registered, you’re too late. For those who aren’t aware of the registration procedures a detailed explanation can be seen if you go to http://www.ec.gov.gh/register/how-to-register
2. Stay Informed
Listen to the news on the radio in the mornings, or watch a little TV news more often instead of watching that drama series. Cultivate a little curiosity with regards to the world around you. Remember, the more you know, the more informed your final decision will be.
3. Fact check
During campaign season a lot is said between candidates, and it’s easy to take inaccurate information as the gospel truth (especially if it’s your candidate). Get online and check all the figures you get, don’t believe them just because it’s your party member’s word.
4. Keep an open mind
After staying informed and duly crosschecked your information, keep an open mind and be at the least willing to accept that you may be backing the wrong horse (or the wrong horse for you).
5. Stay critical
This may be the most important of all steps. It’s easy to vote for one party if you’ve always voted for them, or if it’s the party your entire family votes for, or some other equally non-objective reason. Stay critical and keep asking questions, if your party can't tell you the truth then they shouldn’t be your party.
Pat yourself on the back
At this point you ought to be proud of yourself, you’re officially not a sheep. Having done all the aforementioned steps, you can rest assured that you’ve done all you could to make the right choice.