Vice President Paa Kwesi Amisah Arthur has announced that the district assembly elections will come off early next year.
The elections were originally scheduled to come off next month. However in January this year, the Electoral commission had threatened to suspend the October date because of resource constraints.
The finance ministry announced shortly after public backlash that it had released some 55 million cedis to avert the delays. However it appears the delays weren’t averted.
The district assembly election is a non-partisan, grassroots decision-making process to choose representatives and unit committee members in all 216 Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies across the country.
However, voter turnouts in these elections have been progressively low and plagued with organizational challenges.
In the last district assembly elections organized in 2010, the Electoral Commission rescheduled elections in eight out of 10 regions in the country a phenomenon the opposition termed tot by tot elections.
In yet another instance, the vice president addressing Ministers of state attending the ministerial conference in Lawra in the Upper East Region, announced, “the district assembly elections comprising the district assembly elections and unit committee elections are to be held early next year.”
He urged regional ministers, district chief executives and chairmen of all Security Councils to play their roles effectively to ensure that “a congenial atmosphere is created for the elections to take place.”
He advised them to take advantage of the various public education organizations including the National Commission for Civic Education, the Information Services Department, the Department for Social Welfare and Community Department and the Non-Formal Division of the Ministry of Education to offer public education to ensure a good turn up for the elections.
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