A REVIEW OF “THE ELECTION THAT DIDN’T MATTER”

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Just met a senior colleague who asked me about the Book he had heard I had authored. His main focus during the discussion bothered on how he could get a copy of the book. His style of posing the question made me slightly nervous. “Blay,how can I get the book that makes mockery of the elections that brought into office Davis Ohene Fobi”,He stated.

“Senior”,I started,”the book doesn’t do any such thing,it goes beyond that,the centre of controversy contrary to widespread misconception lies in the court petition and not the election. It is from the court petition that I derived the title of the Book. We are still working on funding we have been using two methods,both not as fruitful as envisaged,still determined”,I concluded.

For the sake of the numerous students of UG who are equally perplexed about the content of the memoir,kindly read below the review by one of the select few privileged to have read the book.

‘the book aside its in-depth analysis of the two candidates who contested the elections,also chronicles some key events that took place before and after the elections.The memoir further captures the election petition that took place after the elections.

The memoir begins with an analysis of previous SRC elections as well as the Junior Common Room Elections that took place in the first semester.The author skillfully informs readers of how this relates to the election the memoir critically assesses.

The memoir becomes more exciting as the lens focuses on the two candidates;Davis Ohene Fobi(winner at the end of polls) and Mikdad Mohammed.

The memoir in the next phase,takes readers on a rollercoaster;laying bare the key factors that analysts prior to the elections, felt could sway voters. The religious factor among others is espoused.

The role of National Political parties in campus elections cannot be underestimated.The ruling NDC and Opposition NPP were accused of pulling the strings from behind the scenes. The author explores this and bemoans about how this has affected the student front over the years.

Dumsor, a popular Ghanaian term used to describe persistent,irregular electric outages(Wikipedia) intrestingly influenced voters in their choice of a candidate. Sounds absurd? The memoir will tell you how it did.

The presidential aspirants picked their candidates amidst controversy. A vice Presidential aspirant was accused of betrayal. A careful dissection is executed with finesse.

The 2015 UG elections was unfortunately not violence free. Clashes at the premises of Radio Univers as well as the SRC Union building were obviously low points in the period under review. Ackah-Blay recounts these clashes in a manner that leaves readers thinking about the student front,more importantly,how to manage tensions associated with elections.

The vetting of aspirants, face to face at the basketball court, the key event that caught the attention of media houses(The BNI arrested the developer of the software used in the elections) across the country is looked at in the face of the claims of the petitioners during the election petition.

The underlying motivation for this boon is captured in the words of the author in the introduction to the book;

I have wondered for some time now, about how the tales of the period could be kept.

…there is still a need for a review of events,it is imperative for a writer of the time to chronicle events and pass an opinion where necessary.

The foreword to the book, authored by a winner of the highest award of the land,order of the Volta award, sets the stage for the reading expedition. An excerpt is worth sharing;

The memoir offers readers an opportunity to relive the events that charecterized the elections;if they witnessed it,while giving others who missed the events an experience from close quarters as to the actions preceding the election as well as the key happenings during and after.

The book is also a source of inspiration to pose critical questions on the seemingly negative and dangerous developing trend in student politics and elections. Questions that are likely to challenge the readers conscience and intellect include but not limited to:

Are democratic elections on our campuses becoming the breeding ground for the national and electioneering rot? What are their considerations? Are they as rigorous in their choice of SRC leaders as expected of their academic training?- Dr.Abubakari Sidick Ahmed.

The book has some brief comments by some student personalities who have also read the book;Kofi Opare Hagan, Derrick Ackah-Nyamike, Abdul Karim Ibrahim, Maxwell Agbagba and Caleb Kudah”.

We remain focused, as we continue to work towards the goal.

Radio univers presenter citizen caleb cudah with hard copies of the book the election that didnt matter

Joseph Kofi Frimpong Ackah-Blay

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Writer|Social Critic|Patriotic Ghanaian|Nationalist and committed to African values|Radio Show host @Radio Univers 105.7| Student at University of Ghana|Twitter:@BlayAckah|Facebook:Kofi Frimpong Ackah-Blay|E-mail-j.ackahblay74@gmail.com

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