'Resource NCCE To Carry Out Constitutional Mandate'
Political parties and religious leaders in the Upper West Region have appealed to the government to adequately resource the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to enable it to carry out its constitutional mandate of educating the public on election related activities, including the biometric registration.
They also proposed that the five per cent of the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of municipal and district assemblies in the region should be used to support the police in their operations during elections.
This was contained in a communiqué issued in Wa after a seminar on ensuring a peaceful election next year. It was organised by the Regional Peace Advisory Council with support from the United Nation Development Fund (UNDP).
The communiqué was signed by Madah Ishmael, Adams Timbille of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Titus Polikuu and Joseph Naatu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ishmael Seinu and Suleman Issahaque (Convention People’s Party), Iddrissu Saeed and Abu Yahaya (People’s National Convention), Alhaji Zakaria Sidik an Imam and Reverend Baah Yanney of the Wa Methodist Church.
According to the communiqué, the political parties pledged to discourage the snatching of ballot boxes as well as registration of minors and related electoral fraud, and that the police must treat such acts as criminal and the appropriate sanctions meted out to offenders.
“We shall educate our members to desist from inflammatory comments on radio and political platforms while urging them to study the electoral laws and committed in ensuring that the lists of regional, district and constituency monitoring teams, including vehicle registration numbers are provided to the Electoral Commission and the police for accreditation”, the communiqué added.
It appealed to the Electoral Commission to reconsider the issue of biometric registration and verification since it was one way of ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in addition to diligence on the part of electoral officers in the discharge of their duties, before, during and after elections.
“Based on the aforementioned, we are prepared to accept the outcome of the 2012 elections”, said the communiqué.