Monday 19th September, 2016
New Ebu (C/R), Sept. 19, GNA – Media
practitioners have been urged to remain politically neutral and report
responsibly in the effort to help build a peaceful democratic country.
Mr Samuel Arhin, Abura Asebu Kwamankese (AAK)
District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), who
made the appeal, said journalists should not to allow their political
preferences to colour their reportage.
He said their reportage must be tilted towards
preventing violence and focus on issues and the provision of equal space and
time to all political parties contesting in the elections.
Mr Arhin was speaking at an election
engagement forum with traditional leaders, opinion leaders, women and other
marginalized groups at an event organized by the NCCE in the District.
The forum, funded by the European Union (EU)
formed part of lined up activities by the NCCE to psyche up the interest of the
electorates in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
It was aimed at creating an atmosphere of
tolerance and civic responsibility to promote peace before, during and after
the 2016 general election.
The participants were taken through the
process of voting including how to handle ballot papers properly to help reduce
the number of rejected and spoilt ballot.
They were also educated on the biometric
verification process as well as the electoral rules and regulations at the
Mr Arhin said the media played very important
role in the political dispensations and their actions and inactions could mar
the peace in the country.
He urged the electorates to desist from
demanding monies and other gifts from candidates before they vote adding that
the vote should be cast based on the issues presented by the candidates.
Nana Asiedu Bofo IX, Gyaasehen of New Ebu,
praised the NCCE for the education and promised to ensure that the elections
would be held in a peaceful atmosphere.