Since December 7 2016 has been said to be a working day, Ghanaians have a compelling excuse not to vote; they’re probably at work and can’t spend all day queuing at polling stations.
The demands of school and work schedules keep thousands of Ghanaians, especially those with children or long commutes, from ever getting to their polling stations.
But what if we made Election Day a national holiday? African Union day and Founders’ Day are national holidays, so doesn’t it make sense to give voters the day off too? Besides, it only comes once every four years.
December 7 should be a national holiday because:
1. Mayhem in schools
Children in school are mostly watched over by the teachers but while teachers go out to vote, who will be responsible for the kids? Absent teachers mean a day of fun for the and how will lessons for the day be covered?
2. Some polling stations are in schools
When it comes to schools that are polling stations, are we seriously expecting children to be immersed in the tensed environment of vote casting when they should be having uninterrupted studies?
3. December 7 will be such an unproductive day!
Working voters will probably be unproductive when they return to their various work places after voting because, exhaustion and tension.
4. Automatic half day for many
Some voting workers may not even return to their work places after voting anyway...
5. People’s days are busy enough
Taking kids to school, preparing for work, cooking and others already take enough time to fit in a voting schedule into their day as well. A public holiday will relieve them of some of these responsibilities to be able to go cast their votes.
There’s no good reason to vote on a weekday to begin with but the least we can do is make it easier for people to vote on that day.