The Chief of Jumapo in the New Juaben municipality in the Eastern Region, Nana Kwame Oppong-Owusu III, has commended the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for their initiative on the parliamentary candidates’ debate in the development of democratic dispensation.
According to the chief, the debate, supposed to take off in the region in October or November was a laudable one which will bring together parliamentarians to speak to the electorate on developmental issues of concern to enable them make informed choices based on issues.
Nana Oppong-Owusu, who is the chairman of the Regional Inter-Party Dialogue Committee, made the commendation during an inter-party dialogue committee meeting in Koforidua yesterday.
The meeting which is purposed to propose a date for the parliamentary candidate debate to be organised this month or November brought together traditional authorities, security agencies, representatives of political parties, the media, heads of public institutions and some members of the Electoral Commission who formed the committee.
Nana Oppong-Owusu urged the electorate to vote on issues that affected them and not just on personality or favouritism.
“Our parliamentary candidates should be able to tell us what they can do in certain areas of governance, for example with issues concerning our education, they should be able to tell us what they can do and how they can influence or lobby for some development to be done in their respective constituencies,” he stressed.
Nana Oppong-Owusu advised the electorate to be discerning and vote for the right candidates who they deem fit to fulfill the promises that will be made to them and hold them accountable.
That he explained will ensure and impose a responsibility on elected candidates who would in turn try as much as possible to fulfill their promises adding that by this a lot of development will be achieved in districts and municipalities and the nation as a whole.
Nana Oppong-Owusu noted that, “If the parliamentarians fail to fulfill the promises made, it will inform the electorate who would know who to vote for in subsequent elections”.
He was hopeful that the NCCE would not shirk its responsibility to the electorate but to ensure sustainable democratic governance and a peaceful country.
Mr Paul Narh Lawer, Regional Director of NCCE and Secretary to the committee, encouraged the electorates to endeavour to attend the debate and vote based on issues in the upcoming elections to ensure that the parliamentary candidate who will emerge winner would have a responsibility to fulfil.
He said the committee is committed to serving as a platform where grievances emanating as a result of the elections in the municipality, will be addressed to ensure peace.
From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua