The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has advised the public to stop the political colouration of its activities in relation to the December 17 Referendum and District Level Elections (DLE).
It said the incessant personality attacks were targeted to impugn the reputation of the Commission with unfounded political allegations aimed at creating disaffection among the populace.
Consequently, it has reminded the public that members of the Commission were men of high repute and independent who could not be manipulated by any politician or political party to do their bidding.
Municipal Director of the Commission at Assin-Fosu gave the advice at a public sensitisation programme held at Assin-Fosu to educate and create awareness on the upcoming district level elections and the referendum.
Giving accounts of his personal ordeal, he revealed how some politicians in the two major political parties in Ghana had maligned him with verbal assaults and doubted his professionalism, neutrality and integrity as a civic educator.
The Commission works to promote and sustain democracy and inculcate in the Ghanaian citizenry, the awareness of their rights and obligations, through civic education.
He underscored the important role assembly members played in the operations of the local government system, and said it was imperative to elect people who could analyze issues critically and make constructive debates.
“Community development requires development-oriented people to represent their constituents therefore you must elect knowledgeable, capable and competent persons as assembly members.”
Mr. Tetteh urged members of the public, to elect knowledgeable, capable and competent persons as assembly members.
Many local communities are under-developed because their assembly members are not able to push for their pressing developmental needs to be captured in the development plans of the Assemblies.
Stating the essence of the referendum, he explained that the event scheduled for December 17 is to allow citizens vote for the amendment of the constitutional provision which currently prevented political parties from participating in District Level Elections (DLEs).
He reminded the citizenry that the referendum was not an election of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), but to introduce multi-party participation in the Local Government system in Ghana if given the nod.
According to him the provision as entrenched in the constitution could only be amended if 40 percent of persons eligible to vote showed up and 75 percent of the voters voted ‘YES’ in favour of the amendment.
A successful amendment of Article 55 (3) will make room for political parties to sponsor candidates for District Assemblies and Lower Local Government units.