The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Upper West Region has at the 10th of December 2019 organized 576 activities sensitizing a total of fifty thousand, three hundred and twenty (50,3200) people comprising twenty-three thousand, 579 (23,579)males and 26 thousand, 741 females.
The activities composed of engagements with identifiable groups, dawn and dusk broadcast, awareness creation on radio as well as stakeholder and media engagements.
The activities were held as part of the sensitizing and raising awareness on the forth coming District Level Elections (DLEs) and the cancelled Referendum on the Amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution slated for December 17, 2019.
These were contained in a statement by the Upper West Regional Director of the NCCE, Madam Patience Sally Kumah.
To ensure effective and efficient implementation of the activities in the various Districts, the Regional Office of the NCCE embarked on intensive monitoring of the activities and it was able exceed its target of at least 568 activities.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is the main sponsor of the execution of the sensitization activities.
Madam Sally Kumah said the target beneficiaries included registered voters, political party activists, womens groups, faith based organizations (FBOs) and students.
She indicated that some of the issues raised were the composition of the District Assemblies and Unit Committees and how they are elected, qualifications for election into the Assembly, what is referendum and elections offences and sanctions among others.
Madam Kumah commended the media for the role it played in educating the people of Upper West on the DLEs as well as the free air time some radio stations provided for the Commission to reach out to the public.
Trend analysis of voter turnout in the District Level Elections in the Upper Region from 1988/1989 to 2010 showed that the Region had its highest turnout of 67.4 % in the 1988/1989 elections which was higher than the average National turnout of 59.3% but in 1994, it recorded its lowest turnout of 26.2% which was lower than the National average figure of 29.3%.
In 1998, Upper West had 46.1% with the National figure standing at 41.6%. For the 2002 elections, the figures recoded were 42.8% for Upper West and 33.1% for National with that of 2006 being 51.7% for the Region and 39.3% for the National average. In 2010, the turnout in the Region was 51.74% whilst at the National level it was 35.27%.
Story by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo