General News of Monday, 19 November 2012
The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr Mensah Otabil has entreated Ghanaians to value their votes and choose rightly.
Speaking on a message titled "Your Vote" on Sunday November 18, he said the power for a Ghanaian to choose a leader (Sovereignty) is so crucial that it must not be taken for granted.
He said if a politician says he wants to "buy your vote" in exchange for a T-shirt, chicken or money, it means he or she does not value or respect you or thinks you are worth a T-shirt or 'little money', adding a vote is a sacred choice worth more than that.
According to him, before one transfers his or sovereignty to a politician, he or she must look at what they (politician)have put on the table; their policies before voting.
"When going to vote, ask yourself does this person deserve my sovereignty?", he asked.
"In democracy, no citizen can govern a state unless people surrender their sovereignty to him or her. That is why there must be a vote because the people have the sovereignty and they have to say,I want to give my sovereignty to support Mr. A or Ms B," Dr. Otabil said.
He posited that if people vote they have surrendered their sovereignty, in a way saying that: “this is my vote. I give it to you in expectation that you will do this and that for me. I have given my will, my power, my authority, my sovereignty to you...a nation becomes what its citizen vote for", he added.