20.09.2016 Politics

Youth activists urged to maintain peace during December polls

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By Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA
Chereponi (N/R). Sept. 20, GNA - Youth activists in the various political parties in the country have been urged to desist from indulging in negative acts that would disturb the peace of the country.

Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, the Chereponi District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), said this a day's workshop aimed at equipping the youth to stand firm against any forms of violence.

The European Union (EU) supported the NCCE to organize the workshop in Chereponi, which was also aimed at educating political party youth activists on the need to maintain peace during the 2016 general elections.

The workshop was on the theme: 'Empowering the youth to stand up for Ghana for a peaceful 2016 election'.

Mr Ibrahim said elections always come with issues and challenges and that if not managed carefully could lead to serious problems that would plunge the country into chaos.

He said no one wins during electoral violence adding that, 'I therefore entreat you to use the knowledge gained from the workshop to share and educate your peers and families on the need to maintain peace in the country'.

He said the NCCE would continue to play its role of educating Ghanaians on pertinent issues of national interest and appealed to the leaderships of the political parties to always preach peace to their followers.

Mr John Waalo, the Deputy Northern Regional Director of NCCE, speaking on the topic: 'Code of conduct for political parties and the directives principle of state policy', urged participants to maintain law and order at all times.

Mr Awufu Zakariah, the Deputy Exhibition Supervisor for EC, made a presentation on relevant sections of electoral offences and sanctions under CI94 of the EC laws.

A communiqué issued at the end of the workshop advised against abuse of incumbency, multiple voting, defacing of party symbols and called on leaders to exhibit exemplary leadership.


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