Election

The EC had not allowed candidates of the district elections to campaign like their general elections counterparts.

ElectionThe Electoral Commission (EC) has revoked its regulation restraining candidates of district level and unit committee elections from mounting platforms to campaign.

It says a special opportunity will be given to each candidate in the upcoming elections to mount platforms to introduce themselves to their electorates. This will begin on Wednesday, February 18.

?Platform mounting will be organized by the Commission to introduce candidates to electorates so that electorates have the opportunity to listen to candidates and what they intend doing for them and also an opportunity for candidates to tell electorates to tell electorates what they intend doing for them,? said Christian Owusu Parry, EC?s Director of Public Affairs.

The local government elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 3 and already concerns have been raised about lack of adequate public campaign on the event.

?We started by educating the media on the elections and we believe that the media is now better placed to tell the public a lot about the elections,? Mr Owusu Parry said on TV3?s Midday Live on Thursday, January 22.

He added that the Commission also has a programme line-up among which is visiting churches, meeting identifiable groups, printing fliers and running radio and television ads, to whip up enthusiasm.

?We will also deploy people we call street announcers who will use vans driving through the communities to sensitize people on the elections.?

He said the EC is hopeful of high turnout for the elections though there have been calls for the day to be declared a national holiday to get more people participate in the local governance process.

Source:?Emmanuel Kwame Amoh, tv3network.com

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