Ejura (Ash) Feb 25–Ghanaians have been advised to give the District Level Elections(DLEs)equal attention as the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in that the District Assembly concept is the base of Ghana’s democracy and the foundation of rural and urban development.
To this end, participants in a community durbar and focus group discussion held at Ejura on last Tuesday under the auspices of the National Commission On Civic Education (NCCE)and the European Union(EU)appealed to the electorates to turn out in their numbers to vote on Tuesday, March 3.
They identified four traumatic areas that influence the DLEs which include tolerance and non-violence; challenges faced by women and people with disability ; low turnout and how to encourage high turnout.
The participants were of the view that for the District Level Elections to be successful, there is the need for intensive public education on the District Assembly concept, enforcement of electoral laws to ensure peace and stability before, during and after the elections, and encouragement of women and people with disability to actively take part in the elections.
In a welcome address, Mr Samuel Agyen Adusei,Ejura-Sekyedumasi Municipal NCCE director said participation of women and people with disability in the District Assembly Concept is very minimal hence the call of the NCCE and the EU to the electorates to encourage them to context and be voted for in the DLEs.
Madam Hajara Muhhamed Rufai, NCCE Commission member expressed concern about the low turnout during the DLEs and advised all registered voters to come out and vote on the Election Day which is Tuesday, March 3.
Mr Anthony Ekpedzor, the district electoral officer said his outfit is mounting platform for candidates to interact with the electorates but unfortunately the event turned violence in some places.
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