Exercise rights within the law, NCCE advises youth

By
Laudia Sawer, GNA

Prampram (GAR), Sept 6, GNA – The National
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged political party activists to
exercise their rights within the confines of the law.

Madam Josephine Nkrumah, Deputy Chairperson
of the NCCE, said the temptation for political party activists especially the
youth to settle scores outside the law would eventually land the country in
chaos.

Madam Nkrumah observed that correcting a
wrong outside the law was as bad as the wrong committed.

She gave the advice on Tuesday during a NCCE
engagement with youth activists of political parties in the Ningo-Prampram
District.

The engagement which was on the theme:
“Empowering the youth to stand up for Ghana for a peaceful election
2016”, was sponsored by the European Union.

She implored the youth to be circumspect in
their actions and think through the effects of their actions and utterances on
the general peace of the nation.

“It is better for us to sit down as one
people to dialogue and find solutions to problems instead of resorting to
violence ways”, she added.

Madam Nkrumah reminded the activists that
there was a thin line between activism and creating violence therefore urged
them to always remember that all political party members were Ghanaians first
before joining the parties.

Miss Fifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ningo-Prampram
District NCCE Director, in a welcome address, said the meeting was to equip
political party youth activists in the district with basic knowledge and skills
on non-violence to enable them participate effectively and ethically in the
electoral process.

Miss Badu said the youth play important
roles in the country’s politics including serving as foot soldiers, party
polling agents, among others.

She noted that these roles they played
either promote peace or sometimes lead to electoral violence due to ignorance
of the various regulations governing the conduct of elections.

Mrs Lucille Hewlett Annan, Greater Accra
Regional NCCE Director, asked political parties to abide by the political
parties code of conduct and educate their followers on it.

Mrs Annan also urged the youth to desist
from posting party posters on people’s properties without their permission to
avoid the misfortune of those posters been ripped apart or defaced.

She also implored them not to unnecessarily
tag NCCE officials with political parties as they work with all political
parties.

Superintendent Alex Kumangtani, Prampram
District Police Commander, informed the activists that the police would not
entertain any violent activities from political parties.

Sup. Kumangtani stressed that they would not
allow political parties to unnecessarily put the district in the media
landscape for the wrong reasons.

He reminded them to write to the police in
accordance with the public order act as well as follow the agreed arrangement
between his outfit and the parties before organizing any public political
event.

Mr Charles Botchey Junior, Ningo-Prampram
District Electoral Officer, asked political parties to use the laid down processes
to address their grievances during the elections.

Mr Botchey appealed to the parties to
properly educate their agents on the “dos and don’ts” for the
elections to ensure a free, fair and violence- free elections.

The EC officer also said voters who have
their names in the voter’s register but could not be verified by the biometric
verification machine would be allowed to vote.

Alhaji Sa-Rahack Nartey, Ningo-Prampram
District Chief Executive, reiterated the need for political activists to
coexist with others irrespective of their political party affiliation.

Participants watched a post election
violence documentary on Kenya and identified factors that contributed to the
violence and its effect on the people.

They agreed to eschew violence in all forms
and appealed to state institutions involved in the election process for
fairness and called on the media to be circumspect and report accurately.

GNA

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