A Political Scientist, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has urged younger individuals to withstand makes an attempt by politicians to make use of them as brokers of smear marketing campaign in opposition to political opponents and to foment conflicts within the run-up to the overall election.
He stated such attitudes usually portrayed the youth as mere voting machines and foot troopers who could possibly be dumped by politicians after the election.
That, he stated, undermined the hunt to organize the youth for the long run and the decision for his or her substantive participation in governance and determination making past ‘foot soldierism’.
Position of the youth
In an interview with the Every day Graphic on the function of the youth in politics particularly throughout electioneering, Prof. Gyampo stated the youth of Ghana had performed an important function within the nation’s electoral processes since independence by providing help for regimes and as brokers of regime change.
“You will need to notice that the youth have performed a constructive function in Ghana’s Fourth Republic in defending the curiosity of their political events, campaigning for his or her events on the grass roots, promoting get together paraphernalia for the aim of elevating funds and doing all of the ‘leg work’ for the events they help,” he acknowledged.
Social media land guards
However that, Prof. Gyampo stated the youth had additionally been used to play unfavourable roles as brokers to foment political conflicts.
For example, he stated, many younger individuals had been deployed in latest occasions by politicians as ‘social media political land guards’ defending partisan curiosity to the hilt, spreading faux information for political benefit and insulting respectable individuals whose views ran opposite to the partisan positions of the political events they supported.
‘‘Some younger persons are really assigned roles by politicians to observe and spew insults for a token simply to assassinate the character of political opponents and impartial minds who could possibly be mentors to the youth.”
‘‘Certainly, these social media political land guards abandon examined socio-cultural values of respect, civility, humility and decorum and conceal behind the facelessness of Fb for example, to insult and use different unprintable phrases to assault achieved individuals in society who could possibly be of assist to the youth for the sake of petty partisan curiosity,” Prof. Gyampo acknowledged.
Psyching the youth
Based on Prof. Gyampo, these unfavourable roles could possibly be attributed to components such because the excessive price of unemployment or joblessness among the many youth which have rendered them idle or much less busy, and the deep-seated polarisation of Ghana’s physique politic alongside excessive partisan strains.
‘‘There appears to be no dialogue on the necessity for the youth to be engaged. Whether or not we maintain the 2020 election or not, there must be a nationwide consciousness and deliberate efforts to take care of a stable and safe future for Ghana by way of youth growth,” he famous.
Prof. Gyampo was of the view that the eye of younger individuals had been shifted radically away from their very own plights to the necessity to help regimes and politicians who provided them mere handouts in alternate for the typically harmful roles they performed.
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