[Opinion] Ethnocentric Politics Abhorrent

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Ethnocentric sentiments in our political landscape appear to find expression when elections are inching closer in Ghana.

Some parties have fanned this obnoxious enterprise just to whip up sentiments and support for their presidential and, sometimes, parliamentary candidates.

It is another year for Ghanaians to go to the polls. In less than six months, Ghanaians will queue to exercise their franchise.

Our airwaves have been busy with tribal sentiments by the opposition National Democratic Congress who feel that a contingent of soldiers deployed to Ketu South where Ghana shares borders with Togo infringes on the rights of the people.

According to the Minority, the Akufo-Addo administration is engaged in suppressing the votes of the people in the region with this deployment.

Series of explanations have come from the military top hierarchy, this does not appear to find favour with the NDC.

The Defence Minister has organized a presser to detail the entire operation as COVID-19 related but not elections related. Despite this explanation, the NDC is still adamant and says the Akufo-Addo administration is targeting Voltarians.

What is quite obvious is the fact that the NDC appears to have no message to sell to Ghanaians hence this overarching desire to fan this non-issue.

Political parties, whether NPP or NDC, should strive to get messages suitable for the upcoming elections instead of trying to propel themselves to the top using ethnocentric sentiments

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