The Obuasi Municipal Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Sylvester Yaw Asamoah, has cautioned youth groups of political parties to comport themselves and refrain from violence during and after the elections on Monday.
He was speaking at a workshop organized in Obuasi on Saturday, December 5 by the NCCE with sponsorship from the European Union.
He said the workshop has been replicated in some 60 districts considered as hotspots.
The goal of the engagement with the youth group, he stressed, is to ensure violence-free elections, transparency and peaceful political environment before, during and after the elections.
To attain this goal, he stressed, there is the need to involve the youth who research has proven are the perpetrators of violence primarily due to ignorance of the law.
Mr. Asamoah appealed to participants to impart the knowledge gained from the workshop into their peers to ensure that there is a violence-free election in Obuasi.
The Municipal Police Commander, DSP Martin Assenso, also talked about the importance of maintaining the existing peace.
He advised participants made up of youth groups from the NPP, NDC and CPP not to be used by unscrupulous politicians to perpetuate violence.
He assured that as the leader of the Elections Security Taskforce in Obuasi, he will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the existing peace is maintained and perpetrators of violence are dealt with according to the law.
DSP Assenso again allayed the fears of the people regarding the presence of the military on election day.
He said the military personnel will not be stationed at polling stations but will provide reinforcement when called upon and also provide patrol duties.
The Electoral Commission represented by Nana Yaa, the Deputy Municipal Electoral Officer, took participants through the electoral process, electoral offences and related sanctions.
She also advised the youth to adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the elections.
She reiterated the call by the Electoral Commission for all eligible voters to observe the Coronavirus preventive protocols during the elections.
She emphasized that without nose masks, one cannot vote on the day.
She assured all the parties that the EC is committed to deliver an open, transparent and free and fair elections.