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The attention of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has been drawn to a publication on the Front Page of The Ghanaian Times of Tuesday January 31, 2011, calling for a ban on the formation of political groups in tertiary institutions. According to the publication, the call was made by Mr. Stephen Agyei-Yeboah, the Acting District Director of the NCCE for Agona East.

We consider this action by one of our staff as very distressing and indicating a poor knowledge of the Constitution. The Constitution of Ghana grants every citizen of Ghana the right to join a political party of their choice and take part in the legitimate activities of their chosen political party.

The NCCE since its establishment has worked very hard, particularly with the young people of Ghana, to ensure that all Ghanaians are politically engaged and conversant with their civic rights and responsibilities. Indeed, our 850 civic education clubs (active in the many second and third tier institutions throughout Ghana) and many of our programmes are aimed at creating active and politically engaged youth who can sustain and promote Ghana’s democracy in the now and in the years to come.

For the foregoing reasons, the Commission takes the opportunity to disassociate itself from the pronouncements of Mr. Stephen Agyei-Yeboah. The Commission is currently undertaking various programmes to build the capacity of the Commission’s approximately 1800 staff. We count on the continued support and understanding of the Ghanaian public. We also wish to assure all Ghanaians that we are committed to delivering on our constitutional mandate. We will continue to work towards ensuring that all Ghanaians are aware of their civic rights and responsibilities. We will continue to work towards sustaining and promoting democracy in Ghana.

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