Inmates of the Koforidua prisons in the Eastern Region have urged politicians to extend their campaign messages to the various prisons, to enable them to make choices in the upcoming election.
According to the inmates, they have no idea of who are contesting elections, particularly in the New Juaben North constituency.
The inmates made the call when the New Juaben branch of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) visited them to educate them on political tolerance, the rights of a voter, electoral offences and the steps in voting.
Ms. Juliet Simpui, the Municipal Director of NCCE who addressed the inmates, said the programme was part of the Commission’s efforts to ensure all-inclusiveness in the political process ahead in the polls.
She indicated that voting was essential since it enabled the electorate to hold politicians accountable, and to also participate in the decision-making, adding that inmates are among the key stakeholders in selecting leaders for the country.
She asked the inmates to abide by the electoral rules and avoid violence during the elections.
The Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Michael Tetteh commended the NCCE for extending their education to the prisons, adding that the step will help minimise the number of rejected ballots in this year’s election
From: David Kodjo, Koforidua