EC wants more female volunteers for Election 2016

Mrs Charllote Osei, EC  Chairperson

Mrs Charllote Osei, EC

The Electoral Commission has appealed to women to volunteer for the manning of polling and collation centres during the 2016 elections.

According to Alexander Akomiah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of EC, when women are in charge of the electoral process, they make it simple because they are meticulous.

“The women we have worked with so far are very good. What they write are very eligible and are very time-conscious. Regrettably, only few volunteer,” he said.

Mr Akomiah was speaking on the topic; “Participation of women in the electoral process of 2016 general elections” at a symposium organised as part of events marking the international women’s day on Tuesday.

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly’s Community Development Unit organised the forum to sensitise women on their rights and responsibilities.

Mr Akomiah said very soon pre-election activities such as registration and exhibition of the voter’s register would take place.

He therefore urged women to help in the registration of all eligible voters as well as report death of relatives who are on the register.

Madam Theresa Ansaa Anafi, Community Development Unit Head of TMA, said women had a crucial role to play in the consolidation of peace in the country by ensuring a positive outcome of the electoral process.

According to her, the integration of the gender concept into the electoral process should not be reduced to mere sensitisation of women as voters.

“We should also integrate this concept with a view to promoting women’s participation in the electoral process as candidates, observers, political party agents, and members of the electoral administration,” she added.

Participants underwent free breast screening.


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