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appointed proxy to be processed.
Alternatively, the appointed proxy may pick the proxy forms on behalf of the applicant to be completed and returned to the Electoral Commission’s district offices before the specified deadline.
WHAT IS PROXY VOTING
Ø       Proxy voting refers to the  authority or instrument that permits another  individual
to vote on a registered voter’s behalf in an election.
WHO QUALIFIES AS A PROXY?
Ø      The applicant must be a registered voter who due to ill health or absence from his / her constituency will be unable to vote on Election Day.
Ø       The appointed proxy must be a registered voter.
Ø       The applicant shall not appoint more than one person at a time as a proxy.
DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE DUE TO ABSENCE OR ILL HEALTH.  GET A PROXY NOW!!                    

 

 

The Commission in December Organised its 5th Dialogue and final Dialogue for the year. It was held at Civil and Local Government  Staff Association Auditorium.


Dialogue was used as a platform to launch a Research report titled “Assessing the Effectiveness of the Media in Ghana’s Democracy”.
Present at the Dialogue were Security services, Civil Society Organisations, Development Partners the European Union, Faith - Based Oraganisations Political Parties
Representatives,Parliamentarians, Media, Commission members and staff of NCCE. Panellists for the day were Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Former Chairman, National Media Commission (NMC), Professor Kwame Karikari and Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, both from the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, and Samson Lardy Anyenini, a legal practitioner was the moderator. In her welcome address, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Deputy Chairman (F&A) acknowledged all present and thanked them for honouring the invitation and contributing to the development of Ghana’s democracy.


She further acknowledged the European Union for supporting the programme Joy FM and Joy News for streaming the programme live on their stations. She indicated that the program creates platforms on which critical national issues towards sustaining and strengthening our democracy are discussed.
The Dialogue since its inception aims at engaging, educating and deepening citizens understanding on Ghana’s democratic processes. It also tries to empower Ghanaians toactively participate in governance. She added that transparent dissemination of information to all citizens, was the key to national development thus the media remained the major channel through which this could be fulfilled. She stressed that the media played an important role by informing citizens on developmental policies, socio-economic and political issues.

Ms Nkrumah said the NCCE in its efforts towards deepening citizens’ understanding on our democratic institutions sought to access the effectiveness of the media as an institution in supporting, promoting, and sustaining Ghana’s democracy. Launching the Research report, Honourable Joe Baidoe Ansah, Member of Parliament for
Kwesimintsim, indicated that the finding which showed that 75.2 percent of the respondents were of the view that political parties were not serving the interest of Ghanaians was due to the way the media portrayed politicians.


He bemoaned the practice where the media offered platforms of their morning shows to politicians who only contradict each other. Hon. Baidoo Ansah therefore urged the media to feature technical people and professionals who would discuss and analyse issues objectively as well as provide accurate information that would be beneficial to society and the development of our country. Highlights of the Research report was presented by Miss Sally Kumah, Deputy Director Research.


She said the overall objective of the study was to assess the performance of the media in Ghana’s democracy . Miss Kumah said 2,910 Ghanaians of 18 years and above were drawn from all the ten (10) regions of the country. Respondents were asked questions on the professionalism, neutrality and efficiency of the media. respondents were of the view that Ghanaians who depended on newspapers for information were 1.5 percent. and 62.9 percent of Ghanaians considered radio as the primary source of information. Furthermore, 55 percent of Ghanaians believed that there should be curbs on media freedom, while 35.02 percent disagreed with that, the remaining 9.48 percent were silent on that. She pointed out that the respondents indicated that the media was promoting democratic stability and had contributed to the country’s successful and peaceful transitions from one democratically elected government to the other.


The Dialogue saw Ambassador Blay- Amihere highlighting the dangers of curbing media freedom media. He explained that any attempts
would be a direct contravention of the protected right by the Constitution of Ghana; right to freedom of speech. Ambassador Amihere said although
the media was faced with major challenges, the NMC and Constitutional laws sought to inject sanity and promote professionalism in the day to day activities of the media. Prof. Kwame Karikari, addressing participants,
found media policy very necessary.


He was of the view that, self-check measures, including codes of conduct should be instituted by both media owners and other regulatory bodies such as Ghana Journalists Association(GJA) and Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association(GIBA) to check misconduct and promote professionalism. Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, showed excitement at the high level endorsement of the media by Ghanaians through the research findings. Mr. Samuel Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman (operations) of the NCCE in his closing remarks, said issues concerning media ownership should be addressed critically.

He noted this in reference to the just ended Media Advocacy Workshop which was organized in Kumasi by the NCCE. He said the aim of the workshop was to get the Media houses to help the NCCE publicise civic education messages. He stated that, Media Owners should not focus all their attention on profit making programmes but rather on those that helped in the development of the nation.


Mr Samuel Akuamoah Deputy Chairman Operations, NCCE addressing participants during the opening of the Political Party Youth  Activists Workshop in Tamale ,6th September,2016.


The Deputy Chairman appealed to participants to eschew violence as we head into the 2016 General Elections. He urged the Youth not to allow themselves to be used as disposable tools within the Political toolbox of Politicians. Mr. Akuamoah further advised participants to be moved by their conscience and not their hearts when it comes to decision making.
This according to him will lead them to ask appropriate and discerning questions to their leaders instead of becoming perpetrators of violence. He said that the engagement with Youth Activists of Political Parties was not fear mongering  but rather an exercise towards ensuring peace before, during and after the General Elections.The Northern Regional Director of NCCE, Alhaji Razak Saani advised participants to be tolerant of the divergent political opinions of others.

Chief Supt.Wisdom Lavoe, the Metro Police Commander for Tamale ,making a presentation on Public order Act during the Political Party Youth Activists
workshop in Tamale,6th September,2016.The Tamale Metro Police Commander stated that the confidence of citizens in the Police Service  is a good prospect for a Peaceful 2016 Elections. According to him Chieftaincy disputes and interprete language, political vigilante groups are potential challenges to the Elections. He was however confident that such a gathering of
Political Activists offers the opportunity to turn the potential challenges into prospects.
 

Mr. Danso. Stated that there are many electoral offences which the courts considers on its own merit and applies the appropriate sanctions. On the C.I 94, he stated that it is the law that governs the 2016 Elections.He stated that a significant inclusion in this C.I is that Elections Officials can be sanctioned for inaction and actions that are contrary to the Electoral Laws.
 
 
 

A group Picture of the participants and dignitaries during the European Union Supported Political Party Youth Activists workshop in Tamale ,6th September,2016

 As part of its commitment towards promoting peaceful elections, the Commission will from 29th August to 12th September, 2016 engage political party youth activists in 45 (EU 40, UNESCO 5)


flashpoint  constituencies and emerging or potential trouble spots across the country. The aim of the engagement is to educate and sensitize political party youth activists on their role towards
ensuring peaceful elections in 2016 and also to nip in the bud potential violent conflicts to create the necessary environment for open, transparent and peaceful elections.
The activities are being undertaken with support from the European.

 

A group discussion ongoing during the Political Party Youth Activists workshop in Gushegu,5th September,2016

Representatives of the Political Parties in Gushegu reading  a joint Communique on peace for 2016 General Elections.

NCCE ENGAGES POLITICAL PARTY YOUTH ACTIVISTS FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS


 
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) as part of its effort towards ensuring peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections is engaging political party youth activists in forty-five districts in the ten regions across the country. The period of these activities is from the 1st to 27th September, 2016, on the theme: “Empowering the Youth to Stand Up for Ghana for a Peaceful Election 2016”. The objective is to sensitise the youth on their critical role in ensuring peaceful elections and also to reduce the incidence of electoral violence before, during and after the 2016 general elections.
Peace is a necessary pre-requisite for democratic governance and national development. It also ensures that people are able to pursue their legitimate interests freely.
Very often, it is the youth that are manipulated to perpetrate violence especially in flash point constituencies and potential hot spots.  For this reason, the Commission is engaging the youth activists of all registered political parties in 45 selected districts to sensitise, conscientise and educate them on their role in ensuring peaceful elections in 2016.  
During the workshops, films on the effects of degeneration of electoral violence and its total destruction of lives and property on countries would be shown. The aim is to reiterate the importance of tolerance. Participants would be taken through the Public Order Act, the Code of Conduct for Political Parties, Electoral Offences and Sanctions, and Overview of Public Elections Regulation (C.I.94) among others. The party youth activists would be sensitised on their role in ensuring peaceful elections and made to appreciate that violence is not a means of resolving their political differences. Following this, the workshop would also elicit the commitment of the political party youth activists to adhere to these laws in order to minimise elections related violence and offences.

Beneficiary communities are:

  • Ashanti Region - Kumasi Metro, Obuasi Municipal, Kumawu Afram Plains, Asante Akim North, Bekwai, Atwima Kwanwoma, Old Tafo Chereponi,
  • Northern Region - Gushegu, Yendi, Tamale, Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo, West Mamprusi, Nanumba North (Bimbilla)
  • Brong Ahafo Region - Asunafo South, Sunyani ( Berekum & Wenchi), Atebubu-Amantin, Banda, Techiman 
  • Western Region - Tarkwa Nsuaem, Ellembele, Jomoro, Bibiani/Anhiaso/Bekwai
  • Central Region - Effutu, Awutu Senya East, Cape Coast Metro
  • Greater Accra Region -  Ga South, Accra Metro, Ga West, Ningo Prampram, Ashaiman, Ayawaso East
  • Eastern Region - Upper Manya Krobo, Fanteakwa, Atiwa, Kwahu West, Akwatia
  • Volta Region - Biakoye, Ketu North, Kadjebi
  • Upper West Region - Wa Municipal, Nadowli in the and
  • Upper East Region - Kassena Nankana West, Bawku, Builsa South

The activities have been supported by the European Union (40 communities) and UNESCO (5 communities) to ensure peace before, during and after the 2016 elections and to deepen and consolidate Ghana’s credential as the beacon of Africa’s democracy.   


      Signed
      Joyce Afutu (Mrs.)
      (Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs)

Mr. Awufu Zakaria, a representative of the Electoral Commission making a presentation during the Political  Party Youth Activists workshop in Chereponi, 8th September,2016.The representative of the EC enumerated  a number of Electoral Offences during his presentation.This includes; multiple voting, undeserved privilege, illegal interruption of the Electoral process.

The public order act has three broad headings, special events, imposition of curfew and ammunition. Speaking on special events, the District Police Commander for Chereponi informed participants that should any group be interested on organising any special event such as rallies, they have to notify the Police in writing and signed by the organisers,  at least five clear days before the planned day of the event. It should also include the nature of the event, time of commencement, proposed route, proposed time of closure. According to him, this procedure will help prevent possible clashes with other groups.

ASP Eric Akwaboa, District police Commander,Chereponi,making a point on the public order Act, during the Party Youth Activists workshop in Chereponi, 8th September,2016.

 

Ms. Patience Humali, a Senior Civic Education Officer (SCEO) has called on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to avail themselves to learn a trade to enable them
fend for themselves and their dependents.


She made this call when she was addressing members of Keta Municipal Association of Persons with Disabilities during a presentation on income funds generated by the District Assembly. She added that the fund seeks to provide educational opportunity, access to health care among others for the PWDs.The SCEO encouraged PWD’s to be self-confident, independent and strong willed.

She also informed them that “disability was not inability”, as such they should not capitalise on their disability to engage in drug peddling and other social vices that could bring them in conflict with the Ms. Humali emphasised that, they should be mindful of political activities during the 2016 elections and not allow themselves to
be used by any politician to disturb peace.

Appealing to their leaders, she tasked them to push hard for the proper implementation of the Disability Act so, they could easily access all public places. Madam Humali urged employers to engage PWDs in skills that would encourage them acquire a trade. Mr. Seth Kofi Deenu, Civic Education Officer (CEO) on his part urged the PWDs to be united and encourage other comrades who were not members of the association to join.

Mr. Deenu advised the PWDs whose names were not in the voters register to take advantage of the upcoming voter registration exercise to register as that was the only way they could exercise their franchise. In all, a total of thirty-one (31) members of PWDs made-up of seventeen (17) male and fourteen (14) female benefited from the fund.




 As part of the NCCE’s effort to sustain and strengthen Ghana’s democratic process, the NCCE has rolled out its activities for 2016 at a press briefing held at the Commission’s Head Office on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.Present at the briefing were Mr. Samuel Akuamoah NCCE Deputy Chairman (Operations), Ms. Josephine Nkrumah NCCE Deputy Chairman (F/A), NCCE Commission Members



The event brought together dignitaries such as Mr. Amadu Sulley, Electoral Commission (EC) Deputy Chairman (Operations), Mr. Kwesi Gyan- Appenteng, National Media Commission (NMC) Chairman, key partners of the Commission comprising United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Small Arms Commission, Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), ABANTU for Development, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), STAR Ghana Limited  Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), and the media.

In her welcome address, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah acknowledged all present and commended the EU for their immense support towards the activities of the Commission.  Miss Nkrumah highlighted on NCCE’s core mandate which is to educate the citizenry on their civic rights and responsibilities. She added that the Commission’s concentration during the 2016 elections would be on intensifying education on tolerance, peace and unity under the theme “MY GHANA: THE POWER OF ONE”. The theme emphasises personal ownership and responsibility for the state linking it to the power of the individual to effect positive change and help create a vibrant and stronger democratic Ghana. She pledged more collaboration with the media and other development partners during the year to enhance its work. She however urged the media to be fair and objective in their reportage.

Briefing the media, Mr. Akuamoah outlined the Commission’s activities for the year and explained that activities had been grouped into four quarters through mediums such as Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), E-Constitution Game Competitions among senior high schools in the ten regions of Ghana, TV/Radio discussions, Inter Party Dialogue Committees (IPDCs) meetings, Quarterly dialogues, stakeholder meetings with the National Peace Council (NPC) on peace building and conflict resolution, engagements with Identifiable Groups (FBOs, PWDs and Women groups), Community engagements through film shows to create a non-violent political atmosphere, broadcast of civic education messages, peace matches with members of political parties, election observation, review of NCCE election 2015 activities, conducting of surveys and engagements with Political Party Youth Activists and Traditional Authorities on elections and good governance.

He said the first quarter (January to March) will focus on strengthening local governance. The second quarter (April to June) would centre on promoting peaceful and credible elections which would involve engagements and dialogues with Presidential candidates, Annual Constitution week (with emphasis on the significance of April 28 and Ghana’s acceptance of the 1992 Constitution through a referendum), Voter education, Annual Citizenship Week, launch of research findings on Matters of Concern to the Ghanaian Voter and Parliamentary candidates’ debates in all 275 constituencies. The third quarters’ focal point would be on promotion of tolerance and issue based campaigning running from July to September. The fourth quarter from October to December would centre on ensuring high civic participation in the elections with emphasis on engagement with identifiable groups, election observation and post-election education to promote tolerance, unity, national cohesion and peaceful co-existence.

Concluding, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah indicated that the Commission programmes would target people from all spheres of life and entreated the media to assist the NCCE with free airtime to help it carry out its work effectively.

 

 

 

 

The National Council for Civil Education (NCCE) has been promoting the principles and ideals of democracy by embarking on a series of civic educational programmes with voters, area councillors and National Assembly Members in the West Coast Region.


 
The council has recently been enlightening the people on governance, the duties of the citizen and legal rights and responsibility, constitutional guarantee of basic freedoms, among others.
Although the council has been executing its mandate it, however, deserves commendation for making the people, particularly the masses, engage in the democratization and development process of the country.
By executing its mandate, the council is providing the people with civic education - an education to equip citizens with knowledge about their rights and obligations as they are part of the society and the global community.
We are of the conviction that through such education we can enhance and promote the demand for good governance in the country.
Civic education can be used to address a wide variety of political and governance issues such as corruption, civic apathy to voting, as well as important social issues like domestic violence.
But it will be interesting if the NCCE can do a survey to find out what Gambians know, don\'t know and mistakenly believe as their civic rights and responsibilities.
The survey can make a good case for the council to lobby for more funds not only to continue with the civic education programmes, but also to do it intensively and consistently because, for sure, it will reveal the fact that most of the masses don\'t either know or are having misconceptions about their civic rights.
We also hope the NCCE is making efforts to make sure that civic education is being taught as part of the regular curriculum in primary and secondary schools in the country.
Researches have proven that by far the most widespread application of civic education is in formal school education.
However, we are not in any way trying to downplay the usefulness of the current awareness creation through focused group discussions and other informal teaching and information-sharing methods adopted by the council.
This form is very important, particularly when it comes to voter education.
As we applaud the NCCE for the good job they are doing we hope to remind them also that there is a great need for more civic engagement across the country.


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