Go and exercise your sovereign power, NCCE Chair urges first-time voters

By Christopher Tetteh, GNA

Goaso (Ahafo),
Oct. 13, GNA –
The first-time eligible voters have been encouraged to turn up massively
to vote in the upcoming December 17 Referendum, Assembly and Unit Committee
elections.

“Go and
exercise your sovereign power as qualified voters who can contribute to
decision-making process for the development of the country”.

Madam Josephine
Nkrumah, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
said this when she was speaking at the Ahafo Regional launch of Public
Sensitisation and Awareness Raising Campaign on the District Level Elections
(DLEs) and Referendum for the Amendment of Article 55 (3) of Ghana’s 1992
Fourth Republican Constitution at Goaso.

The Referendum
result is expected to be a 40 per cent turn out of total voters in the national
voters’ register and a 70 per cent yes vote constitutionally-required to pave
way for the election of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives
(MMDCEs) by the electorate.   

Organized by
the NCCE in partnership with the Electoral Commission and the Information
Services Department and funded by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural
Development, the programme was to educate the general public about the need to
participate in the coming December 17 Referendum.

By their
election, the MMDCEs would mandatorily be responsible and accountable to the
electorate.

The event was
attended by members of Police Wife’s Association, public workers, students,
religious leaders, political parties’ representatives, personnel of the
security services, traditional rulers, religious leaders, members of Ghana
Federation of Disabilities (GFDs) and the general public.

“This is
the time for you to decide for your future, take full advantage of becoming
drivers in national development from the local level, so go in your
numbers”, Mad. Nkrumah urged.

She said the
campaign was also to give opportunity for the views of individuals and groups
such as GFDs be heard, so that government would be able to formulate and
implement all-inclusive policies to speed up national development.

Mad. Nkrumah
added that giving the people the chance to decide who should be their MMDCEs
“would deepen decentralisation and make it more meaningful in improving
local governance”.

The Referendum,
she explained “seeks to give mandate to the people to determine individuals
whom they think are more competent to superintend their Metropolis,
Municipalities and Districts”.

In a speech
read on his behalf, Mr. Evans Opoku-Bobie, the Ahafo Regional Minister urged
the MMDCEs to lead the campaign by giving it a non-partisanship colour to make
the referendum a success.

“Invoke
general election enthusiasm into the referendum campaign not only with peaceful
massages, but also try to understand well the views and concerns of the people
and address them appropriately”, he appealed.

“The entire
exercise is very important for the government and for all Ghanaians because the
Assemblies are the root and source of national development”, Mr. Opoku-Bobie
emphasised.

GNA

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