NCCE sensitises political parties youth activists

Kukuom(B/A), Sept.19, GNA – The Asunafo South
District of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has sensitised
political youth activists ahead of the General Election at a workshop, at
Kukuom in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The programme, on the theme: “Empowering the
Youth to Stand Up For Ghana for a Peaceful Election 2016”, and supported by the
European Union (EU), formed part of activities by the NCCE to deepen the
interest of the electorate in the election.

It was also to educate them on the need to
adopt the culture of tolerance to promote peace in the area.

Addressing the participants, Mr. Samuel
Akuamoah Boateng, the Acting Commissioner of the NCCE, called on political
parties to sensitise their supporters to eschew all forms of negative
activities likely to threaten national peace and progress.

Mr. Boateng said the Election was a contest of
ideas, policies and programmes intended to better the lives of the people and,
therefore, asked the political parties to tolerate each other’s view as they
propagated their campaign messages to the electorate.

He also urged political party activists to
refrain from attacking the Electoral Commissioner and her team and rather focus
on relevant national issues in their campaign programmes to earn more votes on
December 7.

Mr. Francis Nana Akakpo, the Asunafo South
District Director of the Commission, expressed concern about the alleged
practice of vote buying, saying the practice was dangerous and it did not only
violate one’s voting right but it also could mar the credibility of the
country’s electoral process.

He stated that his outfit had identified some
hot spots in the District and it would intensify voter education in those areas
to ensure violent-free polls.

Mr. Tetteh Ankamah Okyne, the District
Electoral Officer, urged political parties to educate their agents on the
regulations governing the CI 94 because the election was not all about casting
of votes but a cumulative process, which included registration of voters,
voters’ register exhibition, filing of nominations, among others.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Simon
Peter Akabati, the District Police Commander, speaking on “Public Order Act and
Election 2016: Prospects and Challenges”, said the Police Administration would
not spare anyone or group of people who would foment trouble in the
electioneering.

He urged the public and other stakeholders to
play their roles appropriately devoid of bias to ensure free and fair election.

GNA

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