CODEO sensitizes Ghanaians on district-level elections
A community durbar on the forthcoming District Level Elections (DLE) has been held at Abansere in the Berekum West District of the Bono Region of Ghana with a call on the citizenry to actively participate in local governance by going out to vote on Election Day on Tuesday December 17, 2019.

Date Created : 12/16/2019 8:02:05 AM : Story Author : Ghanadistricts.com

The durbar was organized by the Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO) with funding from USAID to whip-up public interest in the election and mobilize the citizenry towards attaining a higher voter turnout during the exercise.

Mr. Isaac Osei, the District Chief Executive for the Berekum West District, urged participants to actively get involve in the local governance by voting in every election especially the DLE. He said voting in local governance creates a platform for the citizens to take part in decision making and encouraged them to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming DLE.

The District Director for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Sachie Abina Michael schooled the community members on the need for every registered voter to vote on December 17th to decide on who their Assemblymember or Unit Committee members will be. He said voting for competent candidates was as important as voting and encouraged them to support the marginalized such as women, the youth and Persons with Disabilities.

Miss Alan Theresa Boakye-Yeboah, Civic Educator gave a talk on the importance of the District Assembly to local level development as well as the need for community members to strive for peace, before, during and after the elections.

Participants raised concerns about the referendum and the NCCE Director schooled them on the difference between the Entrenched Article 55(3) of the Constitution which when amended would make DLEs partisan and the Enshrined Article 243(1) which does not need a referendum but two-thirds of parliamentarians to vote for its amendment.

Participants were grateful for the education and thanked the organizers (CODEO) and the sponsors USAID for such an insightful Durbar and pledged to go out and vote in their numbers. The Community leader, Mr. Solomon Kofi Dwaase called for such regular engagement.