Gov’t Ask To Prioritise District Assembly Elections

The government and other stakeholders have been urged to give equal attention to the forthcoming district assembly election just as they offer during parliamentary and presidential elections.

The Programme Facilitator of IBIS- Ghana, a civil society organisation, Ms Safia Musah, who gave the advice in Bolgatanga, said the district assembly election is a very important exercise since it forms the basic roots of democracy.

Ms Musah, who was speaking at a day’s training programme for media practitioners on the promotion of women in local governance, asked the government to release funds to the Electoral Commission to be able to organise the district assembly election in time to help Ghana maintain her good reputation at the global level.

Mr Somalia S. Saaka, former News Editor of the Ghana News Agency, asked media practitioners to give aspiring women candidates of the political parties equal coverage they accord their male counterparts.

He said a section of the media are also fond of setting the agenda that tend to trivialise women issues and  stereotype them instead of focusing on their good sides.

He attributed this to the inequality of gender positions in governance, adding that Ghana cannot boast of democracy when women are marginalised.

Mr Seidu Musah Akugri, Programme Manager of Community Development and Advocacy Centre,  said his outfit  organised the  programme  to strengthen the  media to advocate and  influence gender sensitive and women-led programmes, policies and agenda by traditional authorities. government  and  other relevant stakeholders, especially towards the upcoming district level elections.

The workshop organised under the Democratic Consolidation and Accountable Governance Programme in collaboration with IBIS-Ghana was on the theme:  “women in decision-making: The role of the media in Enhancing women’s political participation in Local Elections.”

Mr. Saaka, who facilitated the workshop,  indicated that apart from the  media giving lower coverage to women aspiring for political post, it was the  same media  which often compounded  the situation by setting the agenda for trivialising women issues and  stereotyping them instead of focusing on their good sides.

He attributed partly the inequality of gender positions in governance to the way and manner media practitioners including media their media houses marginalised and trivialized women particularly during election campaigns.

The former editor impressed upon media practitioners and their houses to make amends and promote more women in the forthcoming district assembly and parliamentary and presidential elections.

Mr Seidu Musah Akugri , the Programme Manager of Community Development    and Advocacy Centre (CODAC ) said his outfit under the Democratic Consolidation and  Accountable Governance (DC AG) Project in collaboration with IBIS-Ghana  organised the training  programme  to strengthen the    media personnel  to advocate and  influence gender sensitive and women led programmes, policies and agendas by traditional authorities,government  and    other relevant stakeholders, espe-cially  towards the upcoming District level elections.

The workshop had its theme, “Women in decision-making: The role of the media for enhancing women’s political participation in local elections”. GNA

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