Takofiano (B/A) March 21, GNA - Mr. Pierre K. Ankomah, Techiman Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged the youth to register to ensure that they exercise their franchise in the 2004 general election.
He explained that by registering as voters they would be exercising their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Mr. Ankomah was interacting with artisans at their workshops at Takofiano in Techiman as part of the Commission's programme to sensitise the people on the need for them to register. "It is wrong for the youth to think that they have not benefited from voting in previous elections and will therefore not register to vote", he said.
He explained that previous successful registration exercises and elections had enabled the country to gain international recognition as a peaceful and matured nation in democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Ankomah noted that such recognition had paved way for donor agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and investors to operate and offer assistance in the national development process.
"You will be doing a great disservice to the nation and yourselves if you fail to register to elect a leader of your choice," he added. Mr. Armstrong Fordjour, a contractor and an opinion leader, reminded the youth that in democracy numbers counted not only for parties but also for distribution of resources for development.
He said Techiman had been made a municipality due to the increase in population and socio-economic activities that had been reflected by census and previous registration exercises.
"It therefore, behoves on the youth and every eligible Ghanaian to register to exercise his or her franchise," Mr. Fordjour added. 21 March 04