Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly called Sir John says his outfit will declare December 7 as a public holiday to enable all eligible students voters in the country cast their votes in the Presidential and Parliamentary general elections.
The Ghana Education Service also has insisted December 7 will not be announced as a public holiday despite the day being fixed for the country’s general elections.
But according to him, it would be prudent if December 7 is declared as a public holiday to enable students in the country choose a competent and visionary leader for the next four years.
Speaking on Abusua Nkomo on Tuesday morning hosted by Kwame Adinkrah, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie indicated that all eligible students voters in the country have the right to decide who rules the country to help improve their educational lives adding that the NPP will not take it easy with any Headmaster/Headmistress who fails to grant its students permission to vote on the election day.
”We won’t by force declare December 7 as a holiday because it will make no sense for heads of institutions to deny their students the opportunity to decide the next President of the country”.
He added ”We will not take it easy at all with every headmaster or headmistress who fails allow students in the country cast their votes and we expect them to humbly do the needful by allowing them to go to their various polling centers to vote peacefully”.
He concluded by advising all and sundry who qualify to vote to cast their vote convincingly for Nana Akufo Addo and his NPP party to change the fortunes of Ghanaians for the next four years.
Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama on November 28, 2016 ordered SHS heads to allow all registered students to go and vote on the election day.
”I stand here and ask all headmasters of secondary schools, I know some of your students who are 18 years registered and are qualified to vote so please when the time is due for election, please allow them to go and vote.” he said.