Drug abuse, unemployment threaten Ghana’s elections – EC boss

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Charlotte Osei, ElectoralCommissioner
The chairperson of the ElectoralCommission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei has stated that the proliferation of arms, rising
levels of alcoholism and drug abuse and a high level of unemployment amongst the youth are the most serious threats
to the country’s peace ahead of the December elections.
She revealed that different researches conducted by the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre,
the Narcotics ControlBoard and the EC indicate that the youth – mostly unemployed ­ are the most vulnerable
group in the country and political leaders are likely to use them to foment violence in the upcoming election.
Addressing a colloquium on peaceful elections in Ghana, the EC boss called on the youth of the country to resist all
temptations from political leaders to be violent before, during and after the 2016 elections.
According to her, the country’s success chalked over the six successive elections should not be taken for granted,
highlighting that the country recorded over 20 electoral conflicts in the limited voter registration exercise leading to an
EC office being set ablaze and the destruction of EC materials.
“In Ghana, the history ofsix successive elections should not lead to complacency,” Mrs. Oseisaid, adding “there are
no victors in chaos, only victims.”
Mrs. Osei also called on political leaders to take blame for the actions of their supporters that could mar the peaceful
conduct of elections in the country.
“Today, we want to call on our political leaders to engage their supporters… especially their youth wing to lead the
process for a peaceful electoral process. We also call on political party leaders to take responsibility for the actions
of their supporters and condemn bad behavior when it occurs.
“As a state institution conducting free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections, we are working very hard at achieving
that.”

 

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