The third edition of the ‘Y-Dialogues Vote on Issues’ Campaign came off at Takoradi where the teeming youth were schooled on responsible voting behavior ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Speaking at YFM’s Y Dialogue Series dubbed #voteonissues sponsored by STAR Ghana, the Head of the Gender and Disability Unit at the Electoral Commission, Abigail Amponsah Nutakor, urged the youth to avoid multiple registration among other irresponsible voting behaviors which according to her was against the law.
She stated that the EC had detected over 28,000 people who have been involved in multiple registration during the just ended limited voter registration exercise, adding that all those persons (deliberate registrants) would be denied access to vote come November 7.
Mrs Nutakor charged the youth to observe the electoral rules ahead of the November polls and desist from acts that will mar the process.
Speaking on the use of social media during the elections, Kumi Nkansah, Social Media Lead for Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company, cautioned the youth against posting messages on social media that could trigger conflicts.
“Do not post messages targeted at specific people or a political party. Don’t take photographs of ballot papers showing who you voted for and encourage positive advocacy by sending postings that will move people to the polls,” Mr Nkansah said.
As witnessed in the Accra and Kumasi editions of the same event, there was a massive patronage with enthusiastic young men and women who were eager to learn about Ghana’s 2016 elections.
The interactive nature of the event with its social media legs ensured that other youth who were not at the event followed it with the hashtag #voteonissues.
The first edition of the Y Dialogues Vote on Issues Campaign which was held at the Impact Hub, Osu featured Dr. Kwesi Jonah of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, Legon and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG).
The Vote on Issues Campaign is sponsored by STAR-Ghana and supported by Global Media Alliance, e.TV Ghana, Happy FM and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition.