Joseph Boateng, Director of Ablekuma District Electoral Commission (EC) has urged the electorate to be abreast of the processes of voting to help in reducing the number of rejected ballots in the December polls.
According to him, the EC was focused on cutting down the number of rejected ballots which was mostly as a result of ignorance on the part of voters.
He said the EC, together with the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), had developed brochures, handbills, media advertisements and other sensitisation programmes to create awareness on accepted voting methods.
Mr. Boateng was speaking at a sensitisation programme, organised by the District Electoral Commission, the Accra Metropolitan NCCE and the Peace Council for election stakeholders in the Ablekuma District.
The programme was to interact with the electorate on what was expected of them during the presidential and parliamentary elections.
Assuring the electorate of a credible election, Mr. Boateng said the EC was adequately prepared to conduct this year’s elections saying that “the EC will implement all agreed reforms to make elections free and fair”.
He urged Ghanaians to have confidence in the ability of the EC to conduct a successful election adding that the Commission would once again prove to the world that it was the most efficient election management body in the world.
Emmanuel George Anim, a member of the National Peace Council, noted that conflict was part of building resilient societies and emphasised the need for dialogue in finding lasting solutions to them.
He said dialogue was important in sharing ideas that would help Ghanaians appreciate the views of their opponents and advance development.
“It pays to stay united despite our different political opinions. It’s the platform on which we can work together to continue the developmental agenda of the country,” he said.
Ebenezer Tetteh Wayo, Accra Metropolitan Director, NCCE, urged electorate not to allow politicians sway their beliefs and convictions with gifts and bribes.
“It is our responsibility to put into power competent people and remove from office those who failed to deliver. Gifts must not be the reason we vote for a politician, who is coming to use our resources”, he stressed.
By Claude Nyarko Adams