GONE were the days when politicians took the Ghanaian voter for granted. Our political history is rife with instances where politicians after being voted for, leave those whom they are responsible for and fend for themselves and their party cronies alone. Along the way, these politicians get involved in corrupt practices to amass wealth with some engaging in alleged immoral and criminal activities.

THE same politicians miraculously turn up when elections are near and amazingly are re-elected no matter their dishonesty and incompetence during their tenure of office. Perhaps they are voted for because the electorate feel they are stuck with them and cannot do anything to change the status quo.

WE on Today are of the view that any politician who is still living with the past ideas of voting along tribal, familiar or bribery lines ought to think again. Our point is buttressed by the recent nationwide survey conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) which revealed that Ghanaian voters now regard honesty and integrity as key qualities required from a leader in the forthcoming elections?Alas Ghana is seeing through the lies and deceit of people who have ruled them for decades on end.

THE study solicited the views of 7,491 respondents to rank the best qualities of a good leader and in answering this, as high as 4,761 ranked honesty and integrity as the best qualities they expect to find in a leader. ?How long did these politicians think they could hoodwink the evolving Ghanaian? So serious was the canker that in Ghanaian politics, it seemed that the phrase ?may the best man win? was conveniently replaced by the phrase ?may the best liar win.?

THEY promised and still do heaven on earth when in truth they cannot even afford hell and formulate policies that cannot be enforced. It is worth noting that this overwhelming thirst by the Ghanaian electorate ties in with the Progressive People?s Party (PPP) call for an Incorruptible Leadership and Leadership of Competence.

?WHAT Ghana needs is ?Presidential Transparency,? a fundamental minimum qualification for presidential candidates,? the party stated in a recent press release. Again, what this survey tells the whole nation is that Ghanaians are looking for a political alternative.

WHAT alternative could that be?? Which political party has recently strongly emerged as the third force in Ghanaian politicking?? The nationwide survey also sought the views of the respondents on the issue of corruption which had 239 responses (45.3 per cent) urging punishing corrupt officials severely to serve as deterrent to others; the respondents also called on the government to strengthen state institutions that deal with corruption issues in the country.

WHAT best way to deal with corruption than PPP?s call for the separation of the Attorney General?s Department from the Ministry of Justice. Today upon critical analyses of the results of the survey can opine that the PPP is the party on the ground, seeking the views of the Ghanaian voter and outlining measures that would address their concerns.

FINALLY, lets borrow the words of Mrs. Yvonne Nduom, wife of flag bearer of the PPP, at a recent meeting with market women in Accra; ?If we continue doing the same things, we would never attain different results, we should vote for change and not just change but a change that would transform our educational sector for better; bring about improved healthcare, social and infrastructural development; create decent jobs and secure our future and that of our children.?

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