Vendors of party paraphernalia optimistic of sales picking soon

The 2020 general election clock is fast ticking but various markets across the country are yet to be flooded with the paraphernalia of the various political parties as was the case with previous election years.

As compared to 2016 where patronage of paraphernalia of the various parties was high, patronage has been poor this election year.   Some vendors who spoke to AdoaTV’s Naa Anyema Collison attributed the poor sales to the current harsh economic environment in the country and covid-19 pandemic, others attributed the decline to the nature of the Ghanaian who waits till the last minute before buying. But traders are hoping sales would shoot up soon.

However, My Checks at various markets including the Kaneshie, Makola, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, and the Kasoa revealed that paraphernalia is uncharacteristically missing as only some few market women had stock from the past four years.

They said compared to 2016 where patronage of paraphernalia of the various parties was high, patronage has been poor this election year. While some attributed the poor sales to the current harsh economic environment in the country and covid-19 pandemic, others attributed the decline to the nature of the Ghanaian who waits till the last minute before buying.

Auntie AMA  who is, now selling the old stock Tells me that, this business is done every four years and so, therefore, getting new stocks will be a loss to her despites all odds business is booming gradually madam Akua tells me.

Vendors, however, admitted that whenever the political parties are having rallies or holding events, a handful of people pass through to buy a few flags and hats. But in this year’s elections, there will be no rallies due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They, however,  vendors say they would import paraphernalia of the party that would win since sympathizers would patronize the paraphernalia for the inaugural ceremony.

They appealed to Ghanaians to be tolerant of people of other political parties in order to sustain the peace the country is enjoying.

By Naa Anyema Collison

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