But do people make their choices based on manifestos? In Ghana, the illiteracy rate is high,
and most politicians know this. They know most people who vote can't read. They don't know anything about a budget and inflation. They are not interested in the nitty-gritty. So, it will take these voters some time to get educated on some of the political jargon. Even most of the educated ones don't use manifestoes to make their choice.
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Most uneducated and other averagely educated people are also dependent and selfish. They vote based on what they can get from a candidate for themselves rather than seeking the interest of their community. Their choices are, therefore, based on trivial issues. People who attend social gatherings the most are more like to get the votes than people who are always busy planning how to make things better for everybody. Funerals and other social gatherings have political benefits in Ghana. Politicians, especially parliamentary candidates, have now made it a part of their business to attend certain funerals they know have huge crowds. With the crowd on looking, they showcase sumptuousness so as to court selfish and lazy voters to their side.
Ghanaian politicians, once in power, don't rely on manifestos to govern. They are like firefighters, tackling issues as they arise, without plans to curtail the occurrence of same. Only a few leaders have tried to live by their manifestos and were successful. Party manifestos are now irrelevant to elections because politicians say things which are often difficult to implement when they succeed in deceiving their way to power.