Former President, John Dramani Mahama is urging all eligible Ghanaian voters to go out in their numbers and exercise their franchise during today’s district level elections.
According to him, it is the responsibility of electorates to be directly involved in local-level governance and this they can effect through the election of their own assembly leaders in their areas.
“District Level Elections has since its inception ensured grassroots participation in the governance of our country. Through the unit committees & representation in the Assemblies, our people have had the opportunity to be directly involved in governance at the local level.
As we go to the polls across the country to elect new members to the assemblies and unit committees, I wish all aspirants well and encourage all eligible Ghanaians to step out between now and 5.00pm to cast our votes. It’s our civic responsibility," he said in a tweet.
A total of 2,538 candidates are standing to be elected as Assemblymen and women at the District Level Elections (DLE) to be held today, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, in the Eastern Region.
Out of the number, 141 of them are females while 2,397 are males contesting.
At the unit level, a total of 4,783 candidates are contesting with 4,219 being males and 493 being females.
Meanwhile, a joint security force made up of 48,000 officers and other ranks have been deployed for today’s district and unit committee elections across the country.
The officers and the men were drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Prisons Service and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Additionally, 1,500 policemen have been deployed from Accra to support those in the six new regions and the Ashanti Region.
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