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Pantang -Village, Sept 19, GNA, – A Senior Civic Education Officer of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged eligible voters to play active roles to shape Ghana’s politics for the better and to ensure credible elections on December 7.

Pantang -Village, Sept 19, GNA, – A Senior Civic Education Officer of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged eligible voters to play active roles to shape Ghana’s politics for the better and to ensure credible elections on December 7.

Hajia Khadijatu Ocquaye, who is also the Head of Programmes at the La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly, said this could be done through the promotion and respect for all electoral laws, rules and regulations by all stakeholders.

 She was addressing a programme jointly organised by the Nyameba Prayers Ministry at the Pantang Village and the NCCE to educate the Christian Community on their civic rights and responsibilities in the electoral process.

 Members of churches such as the Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecost, International Central Gospel,  Light House , Assemblies of God the Winning Souls Ambassadors, participated in the programme, which was held on the grounds of the Pantang Presby Cluster of schools at the Pantang Village.

Hajia Ocquaye said the right to vote should not be taken for granted because it was only when responsible citizens had exercised their franchise would the nation have effective leaders at the Presidency and in Parliament to move it forward.

 Therefore, she said, those who had made up their minds not to vote in the impending elections should reconsider and put the nation first. 

Hajia Ocquaye said voters should also consider leaders who would vote monies into district assemblies to undertake development projects that would benefit the entire community, instead of those who would give monies to individuals to influence their votes.

On the day of the elections, Hajia Ocquaye urged voters to cast their ballots peacefully and orderly and return home.

When the polls were closed, she said, they could return to the polling stations to witness the vote count and know the fate of their candidates.

No one, she said, should foment trouble because the consequences of conflicts were disastrous for everyone as was evidenced in Liberia, Rwanda and other conflict-stricken zones.

Mr. Lawrence Dankwah, the Youth President of Nyameba Prayers Ministry, appealed to the youth not to accept money from the political parties to steal ballot boxes because the laws of the land would find them culpable and punish them.

Pastor Heaven Agyeman Badu, the Head of the Nyameba Prayers Ministry, said the programme was organised to encourage churches work for unity and peace in the election period.

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