The Dean of students at the Local Government Studies, (LGS) Accra, is proposing that the District Assembly elections which sees a perennial apathy should be held on the 24th of September as part of measures to check the apathy instead of its current day. Speaking to Rite Fm in an interview, Mr. Eric Oduro Osae said the assembly elections need more publicity and patronage than we are currently observing and should be observed just as the parliamentary and the presidential elections.
Mr. Osae argued further that if the day is declared a holiday, more people could be further inspired to come out to exercise their political power in the elections, believing that work schedules play a big role in the apathy.
On the issue of the Founder’s Day being declared a public holiday, he suggests that the relevance of the day which is celebrated on the 24th of September each year should be questioned. According to him it’s not worth declaring the day a holiday because virtually nothing is done on that day and thus proposed that the assembly elections should be organized on that day.
The Dean of students was also of the view that the assembly elections should be politicized to make it more attractive and exciting, because political parties would get involved and draw their members to attend the polls on the Election Day. This he added could result in expected and desired appreciable numbers coming out to exercise their franchise.