By Cecil Mensah
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), called Ghana Youth Watch, has tasked Ghanaian youth to rise up and be counted, ahead of this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections.
According to the group, by so doing the youth will let their voices be heard and their issues that affects them.
The NGO, reminded them that they are a huge Constituency going into this year’s electioneering campaigns.
Mr. Emmanuel Gyemfi, convener of the group, made this call at a press conference on the topic’ the state of the nation: the perspectives of the Ghanaian youth’ in Accra.
Mr. Gyenfi, who is also a researcher in Parliament said, it was about time the youth of the country, rise and call on the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to direct the Electoral Commission (EC) to reopen the electoral register for students in the various universities to register.
According to the group, majority of the students, could not register to have their names on the electoral roll to vote in the November 7 polls, because they were occupied with their examination.
He called on the EC, to as a matter of urgency, reopen the electoral roll on the various campuses of the tertiary institutions to enable students register.
He threatened that if the commission fails to do so, his organization would be pushed to go to court to compel the EC to reopen the register for the affected students to register.
He said, the inactions of the EC have disenfranchised about four thousand students who are eligible to have their names on the electoral roll.
He mince no words to tell the religious bodies to also rise up and speak against of these actions as it is not enough to be preaching peaceduring
and after the elections.
It is not enough to only preach peace when there are all manner of atrocities being committed against the youth.
He reminded the chiefs and traditional authorities to also halt the ‘galamsey’ activities in their respective areas of jurisdiction to protect life and properties.
He said instead of the traditional authorities fighting for the course of the youth they have neglected them and allowed all manner of mistreatments to be meted out to majority of the youth.
He noted that the youth of the country have lamented for long and is about time religious, traditional; the media leaders speak out for the youth before it is too late to do so.
He turned his guns on the media for also not raising issues and all the time leave the lying politician off the hook.
He noted that the youth would soon run out of patients; if things continue to be so, without any proper attempts to have the issues affecting the youth resolved ahead of the elections.