The Ablekuma Central constituency has held a town hall meeting in Accra to sensitise the electorates on the need to partake in the District Assemblies and Unit Committee elections slated for December 17, 2019.
The meeting brought together over 200 assembly members, unit committee candidates and members of the community.
Speaking at the meeting last Saturday, Mr Ebenezer Annang, president of Ablekuma Central Community Action for Development (ACCAD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), entreated community members of the area to actively participate in governance process.
He said, that would improve accountability and foster development in the area.
Mr Annang noted that many electorates fail to partake in district elections, and called on them to desist from the act.
He underscored the need for the people to exercise their franchise and hold the assembly members accountable for community development.
“Most of us do not see the need to be involved in the assembly election, but the election is as important as that of the presidency, because it helps you to hold assembly members accountable,” Mr Annang said.
To achieve the development needed in the country, he reiterated the need for the community members to pay their taxes and improve sanitary conditions.
Whilst Mr Annang charged the people to put their community in their hands and assess development in terms of education, infrastructure, job creation and empowerment, among others, he appealed to stakeholders to fund the NGO to enable them achieve their vision.
Ms Comfort Azalletey, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Municipal Director, Ablekuma Central, promised her outfit’s readiness to educate the community members to partake in the referendum.
She explained that, “the referendum seeks to find out whether Ghanaians are in favour of a bill to amend clause 3 of Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution to allow political parties sponsor candidates for elections to district assemblies or not.”
“It is expected that 40 per cent of the country’s voter population will turn up for the referendum and electorate will elect assembly members and five-unit committee members on the same day,” Ms Azalletey added.
She urged the people to share their opinion on the referendum by massively voting “Yes” or “No” to enhance the country’s democracy.
BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY