NCCE advices minors not to vote at polls

The Tema Metropolitan Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Isaac Kwame Antwi, cautioned that minors who have their name in the voters’ register, should not attempt voting during the general election or risk being arrested and jailed.

He said the minors could voluntarily inform officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the various districts so that their names could be deleted from the register.

He noted that it was against the law for those below the age of 18 years to register and vote.

Mr. Antwi gave the advice during a constitutional quiz competition organised by the NCCE for selected Junior High Schools (JHS) in the metropolis.

The competition was themed: “Disciplined Ghana-My Responsibility” and was won by St. Peters Catholic JHS, followed by Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) No. 2 JHS and Anglican JHS.

TMA No.1 JHS which presented two male past students in the competition was disqualified for contravening the rules.

Mr. Antwi urged the youth to desist from removing or defacing the posters of candidates or aspirants because it was against the law.

The programme was aimed at enhancing the knowledge of students about the constitution of Ghana, other laws and instill discipline and the need for them to be responsible citizens.

Mr. Antwi appealed to students to help maintain peace in the country.

“Do not join any violent group to create trouble in or outside polling stations because the law will deal with you when caught,” he said.

A Deputy Director of Education (Supervision) in the Tema Metropolis, Mrs. Christiana Taylor, advised students to tolerate each other’s views.
She called on them to maintain discipline both at school and at home.

An Assistant Director at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Michael A. Mensah, called on parents to provide the youth with sound moral principles so that they would grow into responsible citizens.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema Manhean.

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