The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) last month, dismissed two of its staff members found to have engaged in active political activities.
The Deputy Chairperson of NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, who disclosed this at a meeting here Tuesday, however, did not name the persons involved, but warned that staff of the Commission found to have engaged in similar activities would meet the same fate.
She said the move was in line with the NCCE’s policy that underpins its non-partisan nature, credibility and ensures that it carries out its mandate as outlined by the constitution.
The meeting organised by NCCE with support from the European Union was to equip political party youth activists in the Ningo-Prampram District with basic knowledge and skills in non violent behaviour towards a peaceful elections in December.
It was on the theme: “Empowering the Youth to Stand up for Ghana for a Peaceful Election 2016”
Ms. Nkrumah was responding to an allegation by a participants to the effect that a staff of NCCE in the district openly supported a party in the 2012 elections.
“Stand up boldly to report such behaviour along with the corresponding evidence so that the bad nuts can be removed,” she said.
Ms. Nkrumah urged politicians to use laid down rules to redress election malpractices and not resort to violence, which could result in chaos, deaths and misery.
A documentary film on the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya was shown at the programme.
Participants in a communiqué urged youth political activists to eschew electoral violence and tribalism.
They appealed to stakeholders like the Electoral Commission, NCCE and police to be fair and just to, all parties in applying their rules and regulations.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of NCCE, Mrs. Lucille H. Annan, advised political parties to be guided by the political parties code of ethics, saying “Paste posters only at approved public places not on people’s walls that create an eyesore”.
The NCCE District Director for Ningo-Prampram, Mrs. Gifty Badu, said the youth played important roles in Ghanaian politics, but they could provoke violence if they acted out of ignorance of the various regulations governing the conduct of elections.
The District Chief Executive of Ningo-Prampram District Assembly, Alhaj S. A. Rhack Nartey, advised the youth to tolerate divergent views and not to allow themselves to be used by self serving politicians.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Prampram