Youth activists urged to maintain peace during December polls

By
Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA

Chereponi (N/R). Sept. 20, GNA – Youth
activists in the various political parties in the country have been urged to
desist from indulging in negative acts that would disturb the peace of the
country.

Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, the Chereponi District
Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), said this a
day’s workshop aimed at equipping the youth to stand firm against any forms of
violence.

The European Union (EU) supported the NCCE
to organize the workshop in Chereponi, which was also aimed at educating
political party youth activists on the need to maintain peace during the 2016
general elections.

The workshop was on the theme: “Empowering
the youth to stand up for Ghana for a peaceful 2016 election”.

Mr Ibrahim said elections always come with
issues and challenges and that if not managed carefully could lead to serious
problems that would plunge the country into chaos.

He said no one wins during electoral
violence adding that, “I therefore entreat you to use the knowledge gained from
the workshop to share and educate your peers and families on the need to
maintain peace in the country”.

He said the NCCE would continue to play its
role of educating Ghanaians on pertinent issues of national interest and
appealed to the leaderships of the political parties to always preach peace to
their followers.

Mr John Waalo, the Deputy Northern Regional
Director of NCCE, speaking on the topic: “Code of conduct for political parties
and the directives principle of state policy”, urged participants to maintain
law and order at all times.

Mr Awufu Zakariah, the Deputy Exhibition
Supervisor for EC, made a presentation on relevant sections of electoral
offences and sanctions under CI94 of the EC laws.

A communiqué issued at the end of the
workshop advised against abuse of incumbency, multiple voting, defacing of
party symbols and called on leaders to exhibit exemplary leadership.

GNA

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