NCCE cautions assembly aspirants

Ms. Charlotte Osei, NCCE boss

Ms. Charlotte Osei, NCCE boss

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)   has reminded candidates vying for the district election scheduled for March 3, to conduct their campaign devoid of partisan politics as contained in the Local Government Act 1993 Act 462.

The Ga South Municipal Director of the NCCE, Ben Okoe Tetteh, said this in reaction to complaints that the electioneering campaign was taking a partisan political approach, during a focus group discussion and community durbar held here at Kwame Pamfo on Tuesday.

It was organised by the NCCE, for the residents of Kwame Pamfo, a farming community in the Obom-Domeabra Constituency of the Ga South municipality of the Greater Accra Region, to brainstorm on four thematic areas and adopt a plan of action to guide them in the electioneering campaign.

The thematic areas were tolerance and non–violence as significant elements for promoting district level elections, challenges faced by women and persons with disability, causes of low turnout during district level elections and measures to ensure higher voter turnout.

Mr. Tetteh urged the people “to play by the rules of the game” saying that Act 462 clearly stated that candidates seeking elections to district assemblies or lower local government shall personally appear before the electorate as individuals and shall not use a symbol associated with a political party.

He expressed concern over low voter turnout and asked the people to come out in their numbers to vote and elect their representation to the district assemblies to bring them the development they needed in their communities.

The Ga South Municipal Director of the NCCE said when the district level election concept was introduced in 1988, it attracted high voter turnout but the voter turnout had gone down over the years, urging the people to ensure high voter turnover to make the concept more meaningful.

Lucile Annan, the Regional Director of NCCE, commended the people for the enthusiasm in the focus group discussion and expressed the conviction that the area would record a high voter turnout.

The Programme Coordinator of United Communities in Development, a community based non-governmental organisation, Edward Quaye presented a plan of action at the durbar which the people adopted to ensure free and fair elections devoid of insults, to promote peace and tranquility.

They urged the district assembly and other non government organisation to support women to contest the elections, noting that women participation in the district level election was low in the area because of low education background and lack of support from their husbands.

The community members stressed on the need to support people with disabilities with resources to improve their wellbeing, and also make them active participants in the district level elections.

The residents promised to hold office holders accountable and urged the candidates to be honest and refrain from making promises that they could not honour.

A drama was staged to sensitise the people to avoid vote buying during the elections.

From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman,   Kwame

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