Politics of Tuesday, 3 February 2015
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has warned aspirants vying for various positions in the upcoming District Assembly elections to desist from making promises they cannot fulfill.
It has also cautioned political parties to refrain from secretly getting involved in the district assembly election since it is against the law. This was contained in a statement signed by CODEO Coordinator, Albert Kofi Arhin concerning its pre-election environment observation for January, 2015.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to hold the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections.
According to the 1994 District Assembly Elections Act 473, “elections to a district assembly shall be held every four years, except that the elections shall be held at least six months away from parliamentary elections”.
Preparations are underway for the elections while the various aspirants are campaigning ahead of the exercise.
But concerns have been raised about the seeming politicization of the elections which according to law is to meant to be devoid of politics.
However, according to CODEO, it is reassured that the EC has taken steps to disqualify aspirants who flout the law with regards to political party affiliation.
“CODEO urges the EC to strictly apply the law on offending political parties as well to deter others from such acts,” the statement said.
CODEO also admonished the media to hold more programmes on local governance to educate the public on the importance of the district and unity committee elections.
It commended the EC and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for the rigorous sensitization campaign they have undertaken ahead of the upcoming District Assembly elections.
CODEO has however bemoaned the general apathetic attitude which has been exhibited by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) towards the impending local level elections.
It described the situation as worrying, and charged the various CSOs, especially women and disabled groups, to show more interest in the impending district assembly elections by whipping the interest of women and PWDs to take up leadership positions.