NCCE intensifies voter education programme

By
Patience A. Gbeze, GNA

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – The Ga East Municipal
and the Ablekuma South-West Sub-Metro Office of the National Commission on
Civic Education (NCCE) has organized series of programmes within the
Municipalities on civic and voter education.

The two-week programme is being sponsored by
the European Union.

It focuses on women and marginalized groups
including faith-based organisations, Persons With Disabilities, first time
voters, traditional authorities/opinion leaders, women’s groups, artisan groups
and identifiable groups.

An official statement issued and signed by
Aliyu Sayuti, Chief Executive Officer, Ga East Municipal NCCE and copied the
Ghana News Agency, said the programme aims at helping to deepen democracy
through creating an atmosphere of tolerance and civic awareness of the voter.

The statement said issues discussed include
the right to vote, how to vote to reduce rejected ballots, voting steps,
electoral laws, voting on issues, and tolerance before, during and after the
elections.

It said the electorate were advised to be
tolerant before, during and after the 2016 elections and try to accommodate
dissenting views

In another development, the Ablekuma
South-West Sub-Metro Office of NCCE has visited the Mamprobi Help Age to
educate them on voting processes to promote inclusiveness and participation in
the upcoming election.

Mr Stephen Y. Heymann, Officer In-Charge,
said the visit was necessitated by the high percentage of spoilt or rejected
ballots that characterized the country’s election.

He said the high incidence of spoilt or
rejected ballot was a dent on the country’s young democracy adding that there
is the need to intensify voter education among the registered voters.

Mr Tetteh Tennyson, Acting Chairman of
Mamprobi Help Age, commended the Commission for its efforts to reach out to the
aged who are often marginalized by society.

It has been estimated that in 1992, rejected
ballots accounted for 3.6 per cent of the total valid votes cast as against
1.53 per cent in 1996. In the first round of the 2000 elections, rejected
accounted for 1.8 per cent while in 2004 it constituted 2.2 per cent of the
total votes cast.

In 2008, rejected ballots went up recording
an overall 2.4 per cent of valid votes cast while in the 2012 elections the
number of rejected ballots stood at 251,720 representing 2.3 per cent.

GNA

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