One of two Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who filed nomination to contest as assembly member in the forthcoming District Level Election (DLE) in Cape Coast, has withdrawn from the race.



Mr. Kobina Moses, popularly known as ?the Whole day?, a 32-year-old cobbler with a defect in the leg, was contesting in the Abura-Etsifi-Ayifua Electoral Area against four other candidates until he withdrew last week citing personal reasons.
The only one left is Mr. George Frimpong, 56-year-old visually impaired man and the Central Regional Coordinator for Inclusive Education of the Ghana Education Service, who is contesting the Aboom-Master-Sam Electoral Area seat with three other candidates.
Mr. Peter Acquah, the Metropolitan Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday on the sidelines of a consultative forum for PWDs and identifiable women groups.
He expressed worry over the withdrawal and also the fact that only two females were contesting in the Metropolis and said it was important for society to support members of the two groups who show interest in the DLE instead of making derogatory comments about them.
He said there were several PWDs and women who desired to contest the DLA but were afraid to contest because society had stereotyped them.
The forum, organised with sponsorship from the European Union (EU), was aimed at finding reasons behind low participation of the two groups in DLE, among others and was attended by women groups, PWDs, traditional leaders, and a cross section of the public.
Mr. Richard Asenso, the Metropolitan Director of the Electoral Commission, said eight of 135 candidates who filed their nomination to contest in the Metropolis, had withdrawn.
He said the elections would be held for unit committee members in only 12 of the 45 electoral areas in the Metropolis because the remaining number could not have the five candidates required to form a unit committee.
Mr. Asenso said any group interested in helping with the DLE should make the funds available to the Commission for every candidate to benefit.
The Regional Director of NCCE, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, spoke about the low participation in the DLE and said it offered Ghanaians the opportunity to participate in governance.
Alhaji Mohammed said in its quest to get the attention of the two groups, NCCE had dedicated this year?s campaign to PWDs and women to encourage them to contest in the DLE since majority of them had over the years showed little or no interest and called for support for the two groups.
Some Participants blamed the lack of interest of PWDs and women on discrimination, lack of confidence and financial support, among others and called on society to support them so they could contribute to nation building.




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