The First Time Voters Project, an educative initiative which aims to raise meaningful participation of the youth in Ghana’s political processes, made a stop at the Koforidua Technical University on Friday 23rd September, 2016.!
The project, is an initiative of Sandra Ankobiah who is a TV Host and has recently co- founded a Media Training Facility in Accra, SN Media Learning Tree. Sandra, who is also a Lawyer, has tasked herself to educate first time voters whilst motivating their involvement and addressing the decline in their political and electoral participation. !
Speaking to the gathered students at the FBMS Theatre at the University, Sandra Ankobiah outlined that the project seeks to advocate for meaningful young people’s participation that will put forward the electoral and political reforms necessary for democratisation and social inclusion of the youth as a means to address the generation’s continuing apathy and alienation to political processes.
“The First Time Voters Project envisions an informed critical young electorate who actively participate in Ghana’s political processes geared towards alternative politics and transformative governance” Sandra said.!
“We believe that first time voters have their capacity to significantly contribute as well as shape up the future of this country by its greater involvement in the election process,” she added.!
Sandra also talked about electoral violence and the need for the youth not to allow themselves to be used by politicians in their quest for power.!
Guest Speakers at the event, Mr. Albert Arhin, National Coordinator of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), and former Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission and Mr. John Appiah Baffoe, Eastern Regional Deputy Director Of The Electoral Commission Of Ghana both educated the students on the electoral process and also electoral offences.!
The session was quite engaging and interactive with the students asking questions about tactile voting, transfer of votes and voting by proxy, and a lot more issues.