Fifty-three assembly aspirants go to school

Obuasi, Feb 13, GNA – Fifty-three candidates aspiring for district assembly positions in the Obuasi Municipality and Amansie Central district in the Ashanti Region have attended a day’s workshop on political campaigning at Obuasi.

The workshop, which was attended by aspirants who included women, youth and persons with disabilities, was organized by the Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nana Kwabena Aborampa Mensah, a Secretariat Staff of CODEO said district assemblies were basic units for development and that there was the need to have competent minds that will help develop better principles at the grassroot.

He said the workshop was designed to enhance the capacities of women, the youth and the disabled aspirants so that the assemblies could come out with holistic policies that would benefit all people in the society.

Nana Mensah noted that assembly members were expected to facilitate local development and that they should see themselves as agents for development.

Nana Mensah reminded the participants, some of whom were incumbent assembly members that they should be transparent in their undertakings and also ensure that they teamed up with the chiefs and other opinion leaders in their communities to enhance local development.

‘You should work as a team with the unit committee   members, nananom, opinion leaders, ministers   of   religion   and   other   influential   persons,’ he   said,   adding,   ‘governance a teamwork’.

He advised the aspirants to select competent persons who had knowledge in electoral laws to be their polling agents, in addition to selecting campaign messages that were not antagonistic.

The   Programmes   Co-ordinator   of   Youth   Bridge   Foundation   and   a member   of   CODEO, Nelson   Amo   encouraged   the   participants to have a critical   assessment of   themselves and build on their positive qualities for victory.

A participant advised his colleagues to be wary of those they would picked to form their campaign team members since some people could be rather treacherous.

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