February 29, 2012

Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwe, has called on all qualified voters in the area to put premium on the upcoming biometric voters’ registration exercise by making sure that their names are in the voters’ roll.

It should not be lost on them that this was the only way they could exercise their franchise in the December presidential and parliamentary elections, he said.

Mr. Osei-Mensah, who was addressing the annual “Kohwe kose festival” of the people of Worakese in the Bosomtwe District, however, cautioned against double registration and said offenders would be prosecuted.

He said minors and aliens should also stay away from the exercise in order not to get themselves into trouble.

The festival is observed not only to showcase the rich culture of the people but to also promote purity among young girls through the performance of puberty rites.

The MP said it was incumbent on every Ghanaian to assist the Electoral Commission to compile a credible voters’ register to prevent electoral fraud and cheating.

Nana Amoah Amankwatia, Krontihene of Breman-Agogo, said it was important for the revellers to use the festival to plan and initiate development projects.

He said the community should take advantage of the large gathering of both resident and non-resident citizens to raise funds to support the provision of the needed social amenities and to give the area a face-lift.

Nana Agyei Kwame II, the Chief of Worakose, said the goal of the festival is to help the youth to appreciate and uphold the rich cultural heritage of the area.