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A registered voter who wishes to apply for voting by proxy is required to visit the Electoral Commission’s district offices in his or her constituency together with his or her


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.


The Akyem Sekyere SDA Senior High School (SHS) won the 2015 finals of the Eastern Regional Constitutional Quiz Competition which was organised by the NCCEand supported by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)


After four rounds of the contest, Akyem Sekyere SHS came first, followed by Kade SHS and Technical School who came second followed by Aburi Girls SHS who came third.
The fourth and fifth places went to Krobo Girls SHS and Nkwatia Presbyterian SHS respectively. The five schools that competed in the finals were all winners in their zones.
Questions that were asked during the competition were based on the 1992 Constitution, constitutional and legal affairs, politics and the Ghanaian culture. Mr Alex Sackey, Regional Director of NCCE explained that, civic education is all about empowerment for effective citizenship and participating in local and national governance.


Mrs. Joyce Afutu, Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs of NCCE urged the students to inculcate the civic values learnt and apply them to ensure that they become responsible citizens. Sekyere SDA SHS took away a 32 inch flat screen TV, a plaque, certificates and copies of the 1992 Constitution. Kade SHS and Technical School were given HP printers, a plaques, certificates and copies of the 1992 Constitution. Aburi Girls SHS, who came third had a table top fridge, a plaque, certificates and copies of the 1992 Constitution, while, the fourth and fifth schools also had consolation prizes and certificates.

Introduction :The preamble of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana puts the citizen (voter) at the centre of governance. The preamble says, “all powers of government spring from the sovereign will of the people”.


As a result, it is important for every citizen to choose, have a say or determine who he/she wants to entrust that will (power) to for a period of four years. Before you can vote, you must ensure that your name is in the electoral register.The Parliament of Ghana has passed the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2016 also known as the Constitutional Instrument (CI 91). The purpose of C. I. 91 is to ratify a new legislation for the registration of voters and general elections and revoke the Public Election (Registration of voters) Regulations, 2012 (C. I. 72).This instrument spells out the process of registration, complaints and challenges, the release of a provisional voter register and registration offences.

The Electoral Commission is commencing a limited voter registration exercise from 28th of April to 8th of May for first time voters and those who for one reason or the other did not register to vote in previous elections.

Qualification
A Person is eligible to register as a voter if he/she is
1.     a Ghanaian 
2.    18 years of age or above
3.    of sound mind
4.     a resident, or an ordinary resident of the electoral area in which he seeks to register
5.    Not prohibited by any law in force from registering.

Identification
A prospective voter is required to provide evidence of identity in any of the following forms:
•    a passport
•    a driver’s licence
•    a national identification card
•    an existing voter identification card
•    2 guarantors who are registered voters
A registered voter shall not guarantee the identity of more than five persons
Requirement
The information required for the registration of an applicant as a voter includes the following: 

•    Full name, surname, first name and any other names
•    Date of birth
•    Age
•    Sex
•    Place of birth
•    Residential address
•    Name of parents; and
•    Hometown

Special Registration
A registration assistant shall capture the biometric information, made of ten finger prints and the photograph of the head showing the bare face and two ears without any obstruction of the applicant.

Where a person with less than ten fingers requests to be registered, the registration assistant shall capture the prints of the available fingers.

The commission shall make alternative arrangements in relation to biometric information for a person who has no fingers.

A special list shall be created for persons who fall in the above categories. The Commission may vary the application procedure and the period of registration in the case of

•    A person in legal custody ; and
•    A person with disability or a person who is incapacitated

Challenging an Application for Registration
Challenging an application for registration occurs when a person appointed to register voters, a person authorised by the commission to monitor the registration of voters or a person qualified to be registered as a voter may challenge a person applying to be registered as a voter on the ground that the applicant does not satisfy the requirements for qualification.

Where a person’s application for registration is challenged and that person claims to be qualified to be registered as a voter:

•    the person making the challenge shall complete the voter registration challenge form as set out in the CI 91 and keep a copy of the challenge form
•    the registration officer shall complete the registration form on behalf  of  the applicant but shall not issue the applicant with a voter identification card
•    the registration officer shall send the completed voter registration form together with completed voter registration challenge form to the district electoral officer; and
•    the district electoral officer shall send the completed voter registration form together with the completed voter registration challenge form to the District Registration Review Committee established by the CI 91

District Registration Review Committee
There is established in each district a district registration review committee who will review challenges in relation to voter registration and determine whether a challenge should be upheld or rejected.

Registration Offences
 A person who
•    Registers or attempts to register when he or she is below 18 years
•    Registers as a voter when that person does not qualify to be registered
•    Registers as a voter more than once either at the same registration centre or at different registration centres
•    Registers or attempts to register in the name of another person (impersonation)
•    By force or threat of use of physical or spiritual force, prevents a person from exercising their right to register as a voter
•    Gives a registration form to a person who is not a registration official
•    Forges or wilfully destroys any official notice or document concerning the registration of voters
•    Interferes with or disrupts the registration process or the work of registration officials
•    Prints any form related to the registration without authority from the Electoral Commission
•    Prevents a qualified person from registering
•    Unlawfully possesses registration materials

The Registration Officer is clothed with power to evict unauthorised or disruptive persons from the centre. Such persons may be arrested without warrant.
Penalties for Committing Registration Offence
A person who commits any of the above listed registration an offence is liable to a summary conviction of:
•    a fine of not more than five hundred penalty units or
•    a term of imprisonment of not more than two years or
•    to both
The NCCE is therefore entreating all young Ghanaians of voting age that registration to vote in elections and referenda is your civic right, duty and power and should therefore exercise that power to elect your representatives.

Source: CI 91

 

Mr. Osman Kassim, a staff of the Northern Regional office of the NCCE has called on teachers to check bullying in schools. He made this call during a visit to Bole Methodist ‘B’JHS.


He said bullying threatened the physical and emotional wellbeing of students and could negatively affect their ability to learn. He noted that pupils who were bulliedshowed little or no interest in schooling. The NCCE in collaboration with UNICEF initiated a Project dubbed “CHILDRENS VOICES FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE AND A PROTECTIVE
ENVIRONMENT”


in October, which was aimed at educating Civic Education Club members CECs and their patrons.The trained Patrons were expected to train members of the CECs in eighteen (18)  out of the twenty 20 districts in the Northern Region. As a result, a monitoring team was put in place to visit the schools in the districts to ensure that, CECs Patrons engaged the club members on the manual. Mr. Osman said children were the most vulnerable in society and needed much protection and proper upbringing to enable them become responsible future leaders.

He noted that, the school environment was unsafe for students who were bullied and those sexually abused by their teachers. He expressed hope that students who studied the manual and the 1992 Constitution would be empowered to protect themselves from violence, abuse and exploitation.
He urged the students to cultivate the habit of reading and to refrain from all acts of indiscipline that could ruin their future. Ms. Seidu Amina, a Patron for the civic education club in the school mentioned that the club had been of tremendous help to the pupils academically.

Some activities of the club included debates, quizzes and constitution games. A copy of the 1992 Constitution was later presented to the Club. It was noted that, the Civic Education Club members had become more confident and could speak out on issues which affected them.

The NCCE District Office of South Tongu has sensitized members of theRights of the Child Club (RoC) on their participation in club activities at Kpotame in
the South Tongu District of the Volta Region. The programme which was a collaborative project with Plan International Ghana, aimed at raising and sustaining awareness
on the need to protect children from all forms of violence and abuse in the Plan partner communities across the district.

To achieve the objective of the project , the NCCE implemented series of activities which included community education, schools sensitization, reading competition, debates, drama and also inculcating in RoC members their rights and responsibilities as stipulated in Art. 28, of the 1992 Constitution.The sensitization programme was held at the Kpotame Presby School to educateand encourage more pupils to join and benefit from participating in the activities of the club whilst they study how to exercise their rights freely.

The exercise was part of the membership drive to replace the outgoing members of the club. Speaking at the programme, the South Tongu District Director of NCCE, Mr. Oral-Robert Amenyo cautioned the students, especially, the girls to abstain from sex and guard against sexual abuse and its attendants problems. Mr. Amenyaw said, as children their foremost responsibility was towards their education and to assist their parents in house chores.He reiterated that, the project has increased collaboration between the Police, GES and Social Welfare Department which had yielded positive results by decreasing the number of reported cases of abuse especially on rape and defilement in the communities.


Mr. Frank Azumah, a Civic Education Officer(CEO) of the NCCE urged the children to report abuse cases of all forms in their localities especially rape and defilement and
allow the laws of the land to deal with culprits.

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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