Intensify sensitisation on district level elections, referendum – Benjamin Arko

An aspirant in the upcoming district level elections for the Essikado-Ambantem No. 2 Electoral Area in the Western Region, Benjamin Arko, has called on key stakeholders in the electoral processes to intensify public education, sensitisation and awareness creation on the upcoming district level elections and referendum.

He lamented that with barely two months for the elections and referendum on the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to take off many of the citizenry were not aware of it and asked the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Information Services Department (ISD), Electoral Commission (EC) and the Media in the various districts to educate the electorate.

According to Mr Arko, “many people have indicated their lack of knowledge about the upcoming district level elections and referendum, however, a few who have knowledge on the district level elections and referendum are not aware of how the elections were going to be and the form it was going to take and there is the need to intensify education, sensitisation and create awareness on both exercises.

“Another worrying revelation was the resolve of some citizens refusal to take part in both the district level elections and the referendum because voting has not alleviated their plight,” Mr Arko bemoaned.

On December 17, this year, the EC will hold the district level elections to enable the citizenry in respective electoral areas to elect Assembly and Unit Committee members to represent them at the various assemblies, there will also be a referendum to amend Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to vote “Yes” or “No”.

Voting “Yes” means we agree to the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution in which political parties will be allowed to participate in decentralised local governance. -gna.org

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