Ave-Dakpa, July 27, GNA – Fifty five town criers, also known as gong-gong beaters, from the Akatsi-North District of the Volta Region have been mobilised to help disseminate information on the Voter Register Exhibition and Registration exercise going on in the country.
The exercise began on July 18 and would end on August 7.
Mr James Gunu, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, addressing the group at the weekend, said despite the existence of the mass media, gong-gong beaters still remained significant for information relay in communities as external agents of the local governance system.
He said the role of town criers in the 21-day exercise could, therefore, not be underestimated noting that they could rightly be described as the “ministers of information” under the chieftaincy structure.
As emissaries of chiefs, town criers move from spot to spot, beat their gong-gong repeatedly to draw attention before delivering their message.
Mr Gunu said the meeting was to sensitise the group on the important issues related to the exercise to enable them to pass on same to the people as well as the need for everybody to get involved.
He said 160 persons were listed to have registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards in the Akatsi-North District and urged the people to check their records to avoid being disenfranchised during the elections.
Mr Edwin Ahiable, the District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), briefed the gong-gong beaters on issues relating to the exercise to arm them with the necessary information.
This include spelling of names, objection to a person’s nationality and age, one’s voting center, transfer of votes, replacement of lost voter cards and removal of names of deceased persons.