EC gets over 60% confidence rating

| Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 9:00am



More than half of respondents in a study conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) have expressed confidence and trust in the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in December.

A report of the study released by the NCCE in Accra yesterday said 4,946 out of 7,435 respondents, representing 66.5 per cent, interviewed said the EC had a good reputation, a good track record and competent staff and was a constitutionally mandated body to conduct elections and declare results.

According to the report, education, health and employment were ranked in that order as issues of concern to voters, out of the 16 areas selected for the survey.

On the growth and maintenance of democracy in Ghana, the respondents acknowledged that one of the main threats to democratic stability in the country was election violence but were convinced that violence could be minimised through civic education.

Launching the report, the Ambassador and Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, Mr William Hanna, said the EU’s support for the research was based on its belief in civic education, actions empowering citizens to exercise and defend their democratic rights and responsibilities in society.

He said the EU also valued diversity and desired to encourage all citizens to play an active part in a society under transformation and added that the active participation of citizens in the political debate during campaigning periods that were free and issue-based could lead to the credibility of an election process.

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