The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has appealed to political parties to use their campaign platforms to educate members on the proper way of casting their vote in the general elections.
That, according to the commission, would help reduce the number of rejected ballot recorded during elections.
Mr. Ben Tetteh, NCCE Director for Ga South Municipality, made the appeal at a workshop organised by the commission for representatives of the various political parties in the municipality.
The workshop was to inform the political parties about the NCCE proposed political debates for Parliamentary aspirants in all constituencies across the country.
Mr. Tetteh noted that although the commission would continue to educate electorates on how to vote, political parties should also take the responsibility to educate their members on good voting practices.
He said since political parties get huge numbers to attend their rallies, educating them on the electoral process would help curtail the phenomenon of rejected ballot papers recorded during elections.
“Although it is our responsibility to educate the public on their civic responsibility,which includes voting, the NCCE believes that the parties could themselves do better in educating their members since their platform is bigger to
get public attention,” he stated.
Mr. Tetteh said the number of rejected ballot papers recorded during previous elections was too alarming and that stakeholders, especially, political parties should support the NCCE to curb the situation.
” Sometimes, the EC records as many as 200,000 rejected ballots which is a serious issue which needed national concern in order to find a lasting solution,” he said.
He said this has compelled the NCCE to strengthen its collaboration with political parties in order to share their platform to educate the public and that one of the initiatives was to organise the Parliamentary debates in order to get the public’s attention.
Mr. Tetteh said the debates would also be used to educate members of
the various political parties on the need to uphold peace during and after the elections and to enable aspirants sell their ideas to the public as well.
He said the first debate would be held at the Weija Gbawe Chief’s palace on October 22, while the second and third debate would be held on October 29 and November 5 at the Kings University College at Aplaku and Dome Obom constituency respectively.
By Bernard Benghan