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No Campaigning on Chieftaincy and Political Lines

2006-09-06 21:44:43
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The Savelugu/Nanton District Chief Executive Mr Alhassan Abubakari Atori has urged aspiring assembly members in the district not to conduct their campaigns on political and chieftaincy lines.

He said development of the communities would suffer if assembly members were elected on political and chieftaincy basis as such a situation had the potential of dividing the members in the House.

Mr Atori was addressing 13 women contestants in the upcoming district assembly and unit committee elections during a one-day capacity building workshop at Savelugu in the Savelugu/Nanton district.

The Ghanaian/Danish Communities Association (GDCA), a non-government organisation, in collaboration with the District Gender Desk Office, organised the workshop for the women from Savelugu/Nanton and Karaga districts to equip them with skills on the elections.

62 men and 14 women are contesting the elections in the Savelugu/Nanton District while 53 men and five women are also seeking election to the Karaga District Assembly.

Mr Atori urged the women to conduct their campaigns with decorum, devoid of insults and backbiting to create a peaceful atmosphere for the elections in the area.

Mr Osman Abdel-Rahman, Executive Secretary of GDCA, said the empowerment of women must go beyond the provision of micro-credit support to increasing their involvement in decision-making.

He said it was for this reason that GDCA had initiated a Community-Based Organisation Empowerment Project to build the capacities of women and youth to be able to demand their rights and participate in decision-making.

He said his organisation would make follow-ups after the elections to ascertain how many women had been elected to the assembly and how they were impacting on their communities with the knowledge and skills that they had acquired at the workshop.

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