Mahama whips up support for district assembly elections

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Former President Mahama has entreated Ghanaians to visit polling centers where their data has been captured to cast their ballot in the ongoing district level elections, ABC News can report.

The election, which began at 7 am on Tuesday, will witness the selection of about 6,700 assembly members and 5 Unit Committee members for each of the electoral areas.

In total, about 57, 000 people are vying for various positions, with 18, 510 of them vying for Assemblymen/ women slots while the remaining 38, 520 are contesting to be elected to the Unit Committees.

The Ashanti Region with 2815 and Eastern Region with 2661 contestants have the highest number of candidates wishing to occupy vacant positions. This is closely followed by Central and Greater Accra Regions with 18, 510 of them are vying for Assemblymen/ women slots while the remaining 38, 520 are contesting to be elected to the Unit Committees.

The assembly level elections have historically recorded low turnout.

However, on his Facebook wall, the National Democratic Congress flagbearer, who lost in the 2016 polls in a historic defeat and seeks to stage a comeback, encouraged the public to participate actively by turning out in their numbers to vote.

This he said will give meaning to governance at the local level and deepen democracy.

“The District Level Elections has since its inception ensured grassroots participation in the governance of our country”

“Through the unit committees and representation in the Assemblies, our people have had the opportunity to be directly involved in governance at the local level” John Mahama detailed.

So far, President AKufo-Addo, his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Bawumia has cast their ballot, however, it is unclear if the former President John Mahama has cast his ballot at the time of putting this information on his wall.

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 

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