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17.08.2004 Politics

Politicians warned to desist from getting minors to vote

By GNA

Accra, Aug 17, GNA - The Director of Ghana Education Service in charge of Madina Circuit in the Ga District of Greater Accra Region has warned politicians to desist from engaging minors to vote in Election 2004. They should not use school children in political campaign activities.

The Director, Mr Earnest Acolatse Agboada, who speaking at the Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Madina Prince of Peace Academy in Madina, near Accra, noted that Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution limited voting rights to Ghanaian citizens, who were 18 years and above and of sound mind.

He condemned the practice whereby some politicians gave money to minors to vote for them or engaged them in their political campaign activities.

Mr Agboada called on parents to monitor their children and protect them against these negative tendencies and rather encourage them to concentrate on their education.

Touching on the exorbitant fees being charged by some private schools, Mr Agboada asked proprietors of these schools to make the high fees reflect in the quality of teaching and urged them to charge moderate fees for their extra classes so that all the pupils could benefit.

The Proprietor of the School, Madam Rosina Quaye appealed to parents to pay the fees of their children promptly and provide their needs so that they could have the peace of mind to learn.

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