Electoral Commission urges women to volunteer for elections

Voters3An appeal has been made to women to volunteer for the manning of the 2016 elections.

According to Mr Alexander Akomiah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, when women are in charge of the electoral process, they make it simple because they are polite and meticulous.

“The women we have worked with so far are very good. What they write are very legible and are very time-conscious. Regrettably, only few volunteer,” he said.

Mr Akomiah was speaking on the topic “Participation of women in the electoral process of 2016 general elections” at a symposium organised as part of events marking the international women’s day on Tuesday.

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly’s Community Development Unit organised the forum to sensitise women on their rights and responsibilities.

Mr Akomiah said very soon the Electoral Commission would undertake pre-election activities such as registration and exhibition of the voter register.

He therefore asked women to help in the registration of all eligible voters as well as report death of relatives on the register.

Madam Theresa Ansaa Anafi, Community Development Unit Head of TMA, said women had a crucial role to play in the consolidation of peace in Ghana by ensuring a positive outcome of the electoral process.

According to her, the integration of the gender concept into the electoral process must not be reduced to mere sensitisation of women as voters.

“We must also integrate this concept with a view to promoting women’s participation in the electoral process as candidates, observers, political party agents, and members of the electoral administration,” she added.

Participants underwent free breast screening.

Source: GNA

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