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General News of Saturday, 16 July 2016

Source: GNA

NCCE asks politicians to avoid personality attacks

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has admonished activists of the various political parties, to refrain from personality attacks and rather focus on pertinent issues that would promote development.

Mr Alphonsus Arthur, the Western Regional Director of NCCE, said this at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Regional Peace Council in collaboration with the Commission and Electoral Commission (EC) in Sekondi.

He said election is a contest of ideas; policies and programmes intended to better the lives of the people and, therefore, asked the political parties to tolerate each other as they propagate their messages to the electorate.

The event held on the theme: “Peace, Civic and Voter Education towards Election 2016,” was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Regional NCCE Boss noted that key indicators of strong democratic governance includes fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections and, therefore, entreated all well-meaning Ghanaians to put their hands on the deck for a successful poll.

Mr Damien Asobayire, the Regional Secretary of Peace Council, asked the various religious and traditional leaders to be vigilant, adding that some politicians use religion and ethnicity during elections for their personal gain.

He said election is a process that requires the participation of the electorate in the various activities lined up by the EC including the voter register exhibition, as well as the deletion of minors, deceased persons and unqualified persons from the voter register in order to ensure a credible register.

He noted that the Council had identified some election hot-spots in the Region and had intensified voter education in those areas to ensure violent-free polls.

Nana Ekua kodu II, the Paramount Queenmother of Essikado and a Member of the Regional Peace Council, charged mothers and women in general to actively participate in the election processes and not allow their teenage sons to be influenced by monetary consideration to cause violence on November 7 polls.

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