NGO starts project to boost public confidence in biometric register

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By GNA

4/24/2012 2:30:13 AM -

Wa, April 23, GNA – Save-Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to improving on good governance practices at the grassroots level has embarked on a project dubbed: “Credibility Watch,” in three constituencies in the Upper West Region.

The project will whip up voter confidence in the ongoing biometric voter registration exercise.

The three beneficiary constituencies of the project are; Nadowli, Wa East and Lambussie-Karni.

The ,000 project is being funded by Star-Ghana an NGO based in Accra.

Mr Kingsley Kanton, Save-Ghana Executive Director made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa at the weekend.

Mr Kanton said the project aims to increase public interest and the active participation of more than 40,000 eligible voters including Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), the vulnerable and the marginalised in the society within the three targeted constituencies.

It would also reduce the incidence of violence during the registration period and also in the main General Election in December.

The Save-Ghana Executive Director said his organisation had entered into partnership with the National Commission for Civic Education to carry out the public education.

The two organisations will encourage all women and PWDs to register to enable them exercise their civic responsibility in the elections.

Mr Kanton said the NGO is conducting a baseline survey to assess peoples' attitudes towards party politics in rural communities.

The organisation would also identify issues critical to the increase of public participation in party politics as well as opportunities and threats bordering on the participation of women, the youth, the disabled and disadvantaged communities in governance and multiparty issues.

The findings, he stated would be made public immediately after the end of the survey.

GNA

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