Ghana is not really prepared for its next major elections in November by way of public education, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
The West African nation goes to the polls on November 7 to elect a president and parliamentarians in its seventh election under the Fourth Republic.
The Executive Director of the IEA Jean Mensa believes the synergy between the Electoral Commission and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) needs to be strengthened to create a lot of public awareness about the impending exercise.
“I’m not hearing of voter education, the dialogue seems to be among the political leadership, those who are in charge of managing and running the elections,” Mensa told Accra-based Citi FM.
“I’m not sure it [EC] is collaborating with the NCCE to raise awareness about the election to start engaging in voter education.”
She added: “I’m not sure that we are putting ourselves in place to have a successful election, I think that more needs to be done. A lot of sensitization needs to be done from the EC and the NCCE as well. I know that we just started the year but I’m hoping that in the course of this quarter some activities will be put out to give comfort to us the ordinary citizens.”
It will be the first time Ghana will be holding a general election in November as against the traditional December 7. Parliament is still considering the legislation that will give legal backing to the new date.