Political Parties tasked to educate followers

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept.
11, GNA – Mr. Nicolas Ofori Boateng, the Central Regional Director of the National
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has urged political parties to join in
educating the public on electoral rules and regulations.

He said majority of
political party activists, especially the youth, were not conversant with the
rules governing elections and also the Political Parties Code of Conduct, so
they tended to conduct themselves “irresponsibly”, especially on the airwaves.

It was, therefore,
incumbent on the parties, he said, to educate their followers during rallies
and meetings for them to be abreast with the rules and regulations and strictly
adhere to them.

Mr Ofori Boateng
was speaking at a workshop, organised by the NCCE in Cape Coast, for party
youth activists on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties.

He said the Code of
Conduct was a laudable regulation, which when followed strictly, would
guarantee absolute peace in the upcoming elections.

The workshop,
sponsored by the European Union (EU) is part of effort at ensuring a violent
free, transparent and a peaceful political environment before, during and after
the December 7 General Election.

Under the theme,
“Empowering the youth to stand for Ghana for a Peaceful Election 2016”, the
workshop also sought to engage the activists to promote tolerance and
non-violence attitudes and to participate effectively and ethically in the
electoral processes.

The participants
were also educated on the “Public Order Act and Election 2016: prospect
and challenges,” and given an “Overview of Election Regulations, Electoral
offences and Sanctions”.

Mr Ofori Boateng
said political parties must not only concentrate on strategies and campaigns to
win elections but also take up the responsibility to educate their followers
during their campaign rallies and meetings to facilitate peace.

Mr Ofori Boateng
also entreated the parties to use non-offensive billboards, banners, fliers,
placards, slogans and songs and conduct their campaigns devoid of abusive
languages.

He condemned the
situation where leading party executives constantly sought the release of their
members who were found culpable of electoral offences, saying such behaviours
only encouraged them to engage more in violence.

A section in the
2012 Political Code of Conduct states that, “No party executive or leading
member should go and seek the release of any party follower who goes against
the rules and regulations of the elections, which the parties have signed to,
uphold,” he reiterated.

Mr Ofori Boateng
advised the parties to seek clarification from the appropriate quarters on issues
that challenged their minds rather than speculating.

Mr Anthony Nyame, a
Deputy Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, (EC) advised the
electorate to adhere to electoral rules and regulations.

GNA

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