Deputy Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mrs. Josephine Nkrumah, has appealed to the youth not to allow politicians to use them to perpetuate violence to mar the December 7 general election.
She said elections, which were guarded by law, gave people the opportunity to peacefully choose a candidate they deemed competent to stir the affairs of the country, and to effect policies that would bring development and transformation to the country.
“Anyone who contravenes the rules and regulations governing the process would face the full rigours of the law,” Mrs Nkrumah said.
Mrs. Nkrumah made the appeal at a parliamentary debate, organised by the NCCE in the Kpone-Katamanso Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, to provide the constituents an opportunity to engage the parliamentary candidates on matters affecting them and how they could help solve them.
She said Ghana had carved an enviable niche for itself across the world, by conducting six consecutive successful and peaceful elections.
Mr Nkrumah said that the successful conduct of this year’s election would strengthen Ghana’s democratic credentials and asked presidential and parliamentary candidates to be tolerant, to ensure peaceful polls.
The parliamentary aspirant of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Mr. Stanley Kwesi Klan, and an independent candidate, Ms. Pearl Akua Agyemang, explained to the constituents, how they would work to improve the constituency, when elected into office.
They elaborated how they would help address challenges in education, agriculture, health, security, infrastructure, sanitation, employment and waste management.
Mr. Klan said when voted into power, he would make education compulsory from kindergarten to the Senior High School, to curtail the high illiteracy rate in the constituency.
He promised to promote agriculture through irrigation and new technology, and support fishing.
Ms. Agyemang, a teacher, said she would initiate a scholarship scheme for students, and provide teaching and learning materials to enhance education.
She also promised to provide ‘soft’ loans for women in entrepreneurship, to enable them go into agriculture.
From Ken Afedzi, Kpone