The Old Tafo Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has initiated an engagement with National Service Personnel to boost interest and participation in the upcoming District Level Elections (DLEs).
The purpose of the engagement is to motivate the personnel to actively take part in the forthcoming local elections, considered foundational to Ghana's governance system.
This outreach is part of the NCCE's efforts to increase voter turnout for the election scheduled for December 19, 2023.
Despite being integral to Ghana's democratic dispensation since 1988, the DLEs have often experienced lower turnouts compared to national elections.
The NCCE aims to address this by intensifying public education on the significance of the election and encouraging citizens to choose their representatives in various assemblies actively.
Mr. Suraka Saani, the Municipal NCCE Director, stressed the importance of an informed and responsible citizenry in Ghana's democratic system. He highlighted the critical role citizens play in shaping the destinies of their communities through the leaders they elect.
“The leaders we elect will be the stewards of our community, making decisions that impact our daily lives, the well-being of our families, and the prosperity of our municipal/district as a whole,” said Mr. Saani.
He urged citizens to approach the electoral process with a sense of responsibility and understanding. Mr. Saani encouraged the National Service Personnel to attend local debates, read about candidates and their positions, and question them on issues that matter to them. He emphasized that an informed electorate is essential for a thriving democracy.
“I urge every one of you to exercise your right to vote. This is not just a right but a privilege that many around the world still strive for,” Mr. Saani emphasized. Additionally, he guided participants on Election Day procedures to strengthen the electoral processes.