Frederica Kyeremateng, GNA
Gushegu (N/R), Sept.
12, GNA – The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with support from
the European Union has organized a day’s workshop for political party activists
in the Gushegu District.
The workshop, which
was attended by 50 political party activists, was on the theme: “Empowering the Youth to Stand Up for Ghana
for a Peaceful Election 2016”.
It was to equip
participants with basic knowledge and skills on non-violence for effective and
ethical participation in the electoral process.
Hajia Kate Sulemana,
Gushegu District Director of NCCE, said studies reveal that political party
youth activists are often the perpetrators of violence during elections.
She said those acts
of violence were as a result of ignorance of the regulations governing the
conduct of elections.
A representative of
the Regional Director of NCCE spoke on the topic “Code of Conduct for Political
Parties and the Directive Principles of State Policy” urged participants to be
careful not to destroy the solid foundation fought for and laid by fore-fathers
of the country.
Mr Stephen Paa
Yeboah, Gushegu District Police Commander, also educated participants on the
relevant sections of electoral offences and the prospects and challenges of the
Public Order Act.
group exercise, discussed issues that divided and united the country and made
recommendations for overcoming local political threats.
out with a communiqué to uphold peace before, during and after the elections by
avoiding the use of foul language before during and after elections, avoiding
ethnocentric and chieftaincy politicking.
The communique also
called for avoidance of defacing of party symbols and bill boards, the
neutrality on the part of state agencies and independent bodies, and the
exhibition of good leadership by traditional and political authority before,
during and after the 2016 elections.