The programme which aimed at educating the students on the voting process and the need for peace and tolerance in the forthcoming election was supported by the European Union (EU).
During the programme, a documentary on post-election violence was aired for the students to have first-hand information on the negative effects of post-election violence in some countries in the sub region.
In an interaction with the students, Mr. Albert Odoi-Anim, Principal Civic Education Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Office of the Commission, stressed the need to maintain the peace being enjoyed in the country, as well as tolerating divergent views of others.
Mr. Odoi-Anim, said that civic education was a shared responsibility and should be practised by all.
He called on the students to guard against hate speeches and the use of inflammatory words in this electioneering year. “Election campaigns should be issue based”, he stressed and not insult based.
“As Ghanaians, we have the right to belong to and support any political party of our choice as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of the Republic and as clearly spelt out in Act, 21(1)(e) ,emphasizing the Freedom of Association.
Mr. Odoi-Anim reminded the students, that in whatever we do, they did, they would be held accountable for their actions and inactions and that partisan politics was a market place of ideas and condemned situations where some people hide under the cloak of politics to cause mayhem.
He cautioned the youth not to be emotional about partisan politics and that they should exercise restraint and be tolerant of each other’s views prior to election 2016.
As the youth of Ghana, filled with so much energy, Mr..Albert Odoi- Anim cautioned them to be guarded against being used by politicians to foment trouble in their communities in exchange for financial rewards.
.On her part, Ms. Cecilia L. Dam, Senior Civic Education Officer of the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro Office of the Commission took the students through the voting process and demonstrated the right procedure in thumb printing a ballot paper in the right way so as to reduce the incidence of spoilt and rejected ballot papers in election 2016.
In a related development, Ms. Naomi Tetteh-Batsa, Assistant Civic Education Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Office, admonished the students to “uphold issues that unite us as a people rather than negative tendencies that divide us.”
By: Salvata M.Koku