The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has advised the electorate to vote for candidates on their individual merit and not because they belonged to a particular political party.
The Commission advised the electorate to vote for candidates who they think can bring progress and development to them and their community. Mrs Abigail Nkansah, the Kwahu East District Director of NCCE, was speaking on peace and democracy at a sensitization program at Abetifi.
The event was organized by NCCE with support from the European Union (EU) to encourage eligible voters to participate actively in the December polls. Similar programmes have been organized for schools, churches, persons with disabilities, traditional and opinion leaders, women’s group and other identifiable groups in the district to motivate them to come out to vote on the Election Day.
She said the 1992 constitution of the country entrusted the power of governance to the people which is exercised through voting. Mrs Nkansah advised participants not to stay at the polling centers after casting their votes to avoid crowding and tension at the polling stations.She said the Electoral Commission(E/C) has amended the Constitutional Instrument(CI) governing the elections and now allows the electorates to thumbprint on the picture of their favoured candidates in order to reduce the high number of rejected ballot papers as it was witnessed in previous elections.
Mrs Nkansah said it is against the electoral laws for one to wear party paraphernalia to polling centers.She called on political party activists to tolerate the views of their opponents and avoid politics of insults to ensure peace before and after the December polls.