Patriots Ghana, a Ghanaian NGO has launched a project dubbed #WeParticipate, aimed at increasing voter turnout and promoting peace in the December polls. The launch took place on the University of Ghana Campus, inside American Corner-LECIAD on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 and was attended by representatives from the US Embassy, YALI Teach Camp Team, National Commission On Civic Education (NCCE) as well as volunteers from the Patriots Ghana network.
#WeParticipate is undertaken by Patriots Ghana as part of the YALI Tech Elect Digital strategies for civic engagement, to train 20 Campaign ambassadors who will in turn reach out to a targeted 35, 000 youths (especially between the ages of 18 and 35) in the Awutu Senya West and South Districts in the central region of Ghana. It is supported by YALI Tech Camp, US Embassy and Ashesi University.
Speaking to campaign ambassadors at the launch, Mr. Eric Opoku Agyemang, Project Lead and Executive Director for Cheerful Hearts Foundation outlined the implementation strategies including face-to-face workshops, school visits, and social media discussions amongst others.
Mr. Daniel Fennell, Counselor to the US Embassy for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Ghana admonished the ambassadors to develop a desire to work at their own will, and to treat all projects with equal priority. “if you have a project, whether for one district, one region or one small country, never say it doesn’t make a difference. It does”
In her presentation, Madam Gladys Osman, Deputy Director of Programmes at the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) National Headquarters read out the role of the NCCE during elections and reiterated their commitment to work with Patriots Ghana to implement the #WeParticipate project. She added that voting is a responsibility for every qualified citizen in order to form a good Government to rule the country. She further urged the ambassadors and the public to report to the NCCE with evidence in case of any electoral malpractice.
#WeParticpate is expected to end after achieving its goal of increased voter turnout and a peaceful election period in Ghana