The Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa Central Constituency in the Central Region, Naana Eyiah Quansah, has challenged women to avail themselves in the upcoming district assembly election to ensure equal representation at the local governance level.
She advocated for women to be well represented for them to contribute effectively and efficiently for decision making to aid development, women are equally capable and have the ability to deliver to promote socio-economic advancement of the country.
Mrs Naana Quansah, who is also the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, when addressing the first ordinary meeting of the Gomoa Central District Assembly at Afransi raised concerns about all the 15 elected members of the Assembly who were men and only two women appointees.
“Women should be given fair and equal opportunity to be elected into the assemblies to further strengthen the decentralisation process because they are equally capable and can deliver if given the opportunity.
“Women who are eager to contest the election will be given full support to help them to play vital roles in building a strong society, prospective candidates, particularly in the Gomoa Central area not to make huge campaign promises they cannot fulfill.
“The government is doing everything possible to ensure an enabling environment is created to pave the way for jobs and wealth for the unemployed youth in the constituency,” Mrs Naana Quansah assured.
Moses Tia, Gomoa Central Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission (EC), briefed the assembly members on the electoral processes, and revealed that 11 approved new electoral areas were to be contested for in the 2019 district assembly elections.
He said the 11 new electoral areas brought the total number to 26 electoral areas in the Gomoa Central District and further outlined modalities that were going to be used in the upcoming district assembly elections.