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16.12.2010 Politics

IDEG to ensure women participation in district polls

By GNA
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December 16, 2010
Ejisu (Ash), Dec. 16, GNA - The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), has stepped up efforts at promoting increased women participation in the December 28, district level polls, has organised a two-day workshop for the media in the Ejisu Municipality.

Twenty-one (21) journalists drawn from the Northern, Upper East and West, Brong-Ahafo and the Ashanti regions attended.

It was held under the theme, "Sustaining credible elections, peace and national cohesion in Ghana" and sponsored by the European Union (EU).

IDEG had already trained volunteers, who would visit homes to educate the people and whip up enthusiasm in the assembly and unit committee elections.

Ms Ruby Quantson, the Coordinator, said the focus of her organization was to build the capacity of both state and non-state actors in all aspects of election management process, including dispute management and resolution and security issues on polls day.

She noted that, the media had a crucial role to play, to ensure the successful conduct of elections through its agenda setting and education.

She said notwithstanding the limited time, "all should pull together to get voters out in their numbers to the voting centres".

Ms Quantson encouraged, particularly women, to shed their apathy and participate fully in the electoral process and the overall development of their districts.

GNA

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