Ensure fairness in electoral process, electoral officers advised

By
Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

Koforidua, Sept. 21, GNA – Reverend Dr Kwabena
Opuni-Frimpong, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), has
urged parents of electoral officers to counsel them on the need to ensure
fairness in the electoral process.

He said under the current Constitutional
Instrument(CI) governing the elections, officers who would be engaged would be
made to swear an oath and might face a fine or imprisonment should they flout
any of the rules of their engagement.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong, who was speaking to
representatives and leaders of Church groups in Koforidua on the theme:
“Church’s political role in nation building”, said unlike the previous
elections where people took their duties for granted, this time round such
omissions could attract fines or a jail term.

He said as parents, once their children got
involved in any electoral offence and subsequently faced prosecution, they
would be worried hence the need for them to impress upon their adult children
who would want to offer their services to the Electoral Commission (EC) in the
December 7 elections to be law abiding.

The programme was a Nationwide Christian
Public Education Campaign being organized by the CCG in collaboration with the
Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) with support from the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP).

The CCG has embarked on a nationwide Christian
education campaign in all its 31- member Church denominations to educate their
members on the need to be neutral and ensure that their participation in the
impending elections would be peaceful according to the tenets of the Christian
religion.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong said the role of Christian
parents in imbibing honesty and diligence in their wards who wished to be
electoral officers was imperative in ensuring peace, before, during and after
the elections.

He said findings of a research conducted by
the IEA indicates that the stakes were high for all the parties especially the
NPP and the NDC and parents should step up their roles so that no party would
use their innocent children for selfish gains.

GNA

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