The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE has intensified public education on the upcoming District Level and Unit Committee Elections and also the National Referendum on the proposed amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. Civic education officers in the Upper East Region visited a number of media houses to educate the masses on the national exercise. These include Word FM, YEM FM, GBC Radio, Radio Bongo, Radio Builsa, Radio Nabina, Radio Gurune among others.
The media discussions centered on the three upcoming national exercises. Firstly, to vote in a referendum on the proposed amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution. The proposed amendment is either to allow or disallow political party participation in local government elections. The second civic duty is to vote for Assembly Members and lastly to vote for Unit Committee Members.
Article 270(4) of the 1992 Constitution states that at least 40 percent of persons entitled to vote, must vote at the referendum and at least 75 percent of the persons who voted must cast their votes in favour of the proposed amendment.
The audience was encouraged to show interest in the upcoming election and turn up at voting centers to vote for their preferred Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members.
The District Level and Unit Committee Elections will take place on December 17, 2019. Voting time is from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Eligible voters are expected to either vote YES or NO in the national referendum on the proposed amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution.
The official colours assigned by the Electoral Commission of Ghana are yellow and dark brown. Yellow represents a YES Vote and Dark Brown represents a NO vote.
NCCE/UE: Samuel Akologo