By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, Nov. 29, GNA – The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), has held its final 2016, Greater Accra Regional inter-party dialogue committee meeting, in Accra.
The meeting was to discuss the NCCE programmes and activities organised in the Region in the run up to the December 7 elections and strategies to achieve peaceful polls.
Mrs Lucille Hewlett Annan, the Regional Director NCCE said the Commission had organised successful parliamentary debates across all districts in the region, with very few exceptions like Teshie, Weija-Gbawe among others.
She said within the Accra Metro the NCCE has had only four successful debates, with nine left to be done, because the Accra Metropolitan Assembly called for a stop to the debates due to some security issues.
She said the Commission had also organised programmes for the marginalised groups in the districts including women, the aged and persons with disability in order to empower them to take the electoral process serious.
“Inter-party dialogue committee meetings have also taken place in all districts in the region, targeted programmes for youth activities, focus group discussions, radio and TV shows, have also been held to promote a peaceful elections come December 7.
Mrs Annan said in the next week the NCCE had planned and scheduled programmes targeted at educating people on how to vote, because most people were first time voters and the elections was almost near.
“We are not so pleased with the political parties’ attitudes towards our dialogue meetings. It is in their own interest if they collaborate with us together with the police, since they are the major stakeholders in the elections.”
Reverend Canon P. Okaijah-Bortey, Chairman of the Committee, advised the Commission to liaise with the media in order to be able to project their activities and values, so that people would be informed about their roles and responsibilities in nation building.
He called on all parties to preach peace to their people, so that they would eschew violence saying the elections would come and go and Ghana would still exist.