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Politics Tue, 12 Sep 2006

NCCE says it is morally wrong to sell one's votes

Osramanae (V/R), Sept 12, GNA - Mr Napoleon Agboada,

the Director of Programmes of the National Commission on

Civic Education (NCCE), at the weekend said people who

accepted monies or other material things in exchange for

votes during elections rendered themselves "voiceless slaves

of politicians." He said such people would have no moral right to hold

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the politicians accountable for their stewardship. Mr Agboada was speaking at a meeting of the commission

on the social auditing project at Osramanae in the Krachi

West District. The programme was organized by the NCCE with the

support of the United Nations Development Programme

(UNDP). The meeting tackled the essence of and the need for

female participation in local governance and the way in which

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individual citizens or groups could assess the performance of

public policies, programmes and projects in order to influence

governance at all levels. "Where academic performance rating in a local school is

very poor, it should be possible for the community to call the

head of the school and brainstorm over causes of poor grates

with a view to finding solutions", he said. Mr Agboada said the best candidates in elections were

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those who would continue to serve the communities they

sought to represent even if they lost. Nana Sekyere Adomako, Odikro of Osramanae on behalf

of the 13 villages making up the community, appealed to the

government for a second water pumping system to add to or

replace the current weak one. He also appealed to the government to facilitate the

building of small irrigation dams for all year round vegetable

farming.

Mrs Angelina Baiden-Amissah, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Sports, said the government was committed to improving teaching and learning and conditions of service for teachers. She condemned a recent call by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) for the removal of the Director General of the Ghana Education Service from office and said the recruitment and dismissal of the Director General was no business of NAGRAT or any other organization.

Source: GNA