As the 2023 District Level Elections (DLE) loom on the horizon, candidates vying for positions in the District Assembly and Unit Committee polls are deploying diverse strategies to secure the support of the electorate.
Scheduled from December 5 to 15, 2023, the upcoming elections mark a critical juncture for local communities to elect representatives to District, Municipal, or Metropolitan Assemblies.
According to the Electoral Commission (EC), the mounting of campaign platforms in electoral areas will be undertaken from the stipulated dates to ensure a level playing field for all candidates.
The District Assembly Elections Act of 1994 mandates the reconstitution of District Assemblies every four years through the conduct of District Level Elections (DLE).
The EC has outlined plans for the District Level Elections (DLE) to take place across 6,272 electoral areas and 38,622 polling stations nationwide.
In anticipation of the elections, candidates have intensified their campaign activities in various constituencies, aiming not only to secure additional support but also to generate interest among the local populace.
A recent visit to electoral areas in three constituencies of the Greater Accra region revealed the fervour surrounding the campaigns.
In the Okaikoi South Constituency, encompassing areas such as Kantsean, Mukose, Kaneshie, Awudome, Gon-te, Bubuashie, Bubii, and Avenor, EC officials have facilitated the mounting of campaign platforms at strategic locations.
This platform serves as a stage for candidates to articulate their visions and engage with the electorate.
In the Kantsean electoral area, for instance, three candidates—namely, Ibrahim Tetteh Ankrah (the incumbent assembly member), Lawrence Ghartey, and Bright Kofi Gomado—are in contention.
While Mr Ankrah focused on urging electorates to retain him for the continuation of his developmental initiatives, Mr Ghartey and Mr Kofi Gomado campaigned on promises of fresh and dynamic leadership to uplift their communities.
The candidates emphasized the importance of voter participation in selecting local leadership, urging residents not to be apathetic to the DLE due to its significant benefits for the community.
Similar scenarios unfolded in other electoral areas within the Okaikoi South Constituency, as well as in the Okaikoi Central and Okaikoi North constituencies.
In the Okaikoi Central constituency, which encompasses areas like Wuoyeman, Anorthuman, Gbemomo, Olengele-Koona, and Blema-Gor, candidates are actively engaging with voters to convey their messages and visions for the future.
The Okaikoi North constituency, with electoral areas such as Nii Boi Man, Akweteman, Achimota, Aborfu, and Anumle, is witnessing a similar surge in campaign activities as candidates strive to connect with the electorate.