NCCE encourages electorates to vote

By
Laudia Sawer, GNA

Dawhenya (GAR), Sept.20, GNA – The National
Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has encouraged residents of the
Ningo-Prampram District to actively participate in the December 7 general
elections.

The NCCE, with the support of the European
Union, is organising series of engagements with more than 20 women and
marginalized groups in the District to whip up their interest in the upcoming
elections to ensure a higher voter turnout.

Miss Gifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ningo-Prampram
District NCCE Director, speaking to members of Peace and Love Ladies Club at
Dawhenya, reminded the electorate that shunning away from the elections meant
shirking their civic responsibility.

Miss Badu said the 1992 constitution of
Ghana has given power to the electorate to decide who rules the country and
represent them in Parliament.

She added that the Constitution places national
sovereignty in the hands of the people, therefore, the need for them to
exercise it through voting.

“When you vote, it means you’ve taken
the important decision on who should govern you”, she said adding that not
doing so meant allowing others to choose for them.

She advised them against selling of their
votes and basing their decision to vote for a candidate on the amount of money
and other material things presented to them.

Miss Badu asked the electorates to vote
based on issues and their conscience rather than on money, religious, ethnic
and family ties.

Touching on the voting process, she said
voting would start at 0700 hours and end at 1700 hours on December 7.

She took them through the various steps of
voting and advised them to leave the polling centres after voting and return
later to observe the counting of votes.

Miss Badu announced that the Electoral
Commission has revised its rules to allow the electorates to thumbprint on the
picture of their favourite candidates.

The Ningo-Prampram District NCCE Director
explained that the review was to reduce drastically the high number of rejected
ballots as witnessed in previous elections.

She said to ensure peace, the law barred
people from wearing party paraphernalia to the voting centres as well as intake
of alcohol before visiting the polling centres.

She called on political party activists in
the District not to engage in politics of insults but rather have issue-based
campaigns and tolerate views of their opponents.

GNA

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