As part of the core mandate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in educating the citizenry on civil issues, the Wa West unit of the NCCE has started a community-based sensitization and education campaign on the upcoming district level elections (DLE) and the referendum to amend article 55(3) of the 1992 Republican Constitution. The education campaign seeks to create the awareness of registered voters across all communities in the Wa West district of the Upper West region about the DLE and the referendum slated for December 17, 2019, and the need to participate and vote on the day.
Addressing the press at the sidelines of the NCCE staff conference on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019 ahead of the campaign kickoff, the NCCE director for the Wa West District, Mr. George Dery, said the sensitization and education campaign would run untill November 15, 2019.
According to him, the programme shall begin with the major communities in the district inline with their local market days. “Beginning from tomorrow, we shall be visiting community by community in accordance with their market days to talk to the people and let them know that coming 17th December, 2019 all registered voters should not relent. They should go out massively and vote so that we can elect our able assembly members to man our various assemblies”. He further disclosed that “our objective is to cover at least 90% of all the communities across all the 28 electoral areas in the district by the end of this exercise despite our limited resources.”
Mr. Dery also bemoaned the low participation in the activities of the DLE as well as the low voter turnout being observed over the previous elections. This, he said, is what necessitated his team to begin the campaign early to be able to tell more people the need to participate so as to improve the record.
Touching on the referendum, Mr. Dery said “with the referendum, 40% of the Ghanaian voter population need go out and vote of which 75% of the 40% turnout need to endorse yes for the referendum to be able to amend the article 55(3) of the 1992 constitution so that we will be able to also elect MMDCEs through partisan basis.” He emphasized that “the district assembly elections is the bedrock of our democracy, but many people don’t honour it because political parties do not come in to financially support it”.