General News of Sunday, 14 August 2016
Majority leader of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, says winning enough seats in the upcoming Parliamentary election for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be an uphill task for the party.
He says considering the spate at which some members who lost their bid to become parliamentary candidates of the party are contesting as independent candidates, it will be difficult for the NDC to win more seats.
“The area of uncertainty is the number of parliamentary seat the party is going to win and the campaign team must adopt a multi-purpose campaign strategy tailored to solving the interpersonal issue,” he said.
The Nadowli North Member of Parliament (MP) made this comment when he addressed supporters of the NDC during the party’s 2016 Campaign Launch at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
Processes leading up to the 2016 general election is gathering steam with the two leading political parties namely the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) stepping up their activities.
President Mahama rounded up his “Accounting to the people” tour of the ten regions of Ghana ending in the Upper West Region. He used the opportunity to commission some government projects such as nine out of 123 Day Senior High Schools which are under construction.
The NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been embarking on what he described as “Arise for change” tour of the ten regions. He has promised to build one factory in every district in the country.
In July, the government lost the opportunity to alter the voting day of the country from December 7 to November 7.
The Constitutional Amendment which would have empowered the Electoral Commission (EC) to hold the 2016 election in November was torpedoed because the Houses was not able to get the two-thirds majority required for it to be passed.
Mr Bagbin says it was unfortunate that happened, adding, it is important the nation is saved from the “Pain and waste occasioned by the disapproval of the constitutional amendment bill is which has set back the clock of constitutional development and the progress of the nation.”
It is for the overall interest of the country that believes winning majority votes in the 2016 election is “imperative.”
Vice President of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, entreated the Ghanaians to ensure that their votes in the election are given to the President and the parliamentary candidates.
He says the President is the only “safe pair of hands” Ghanaians has to trust in the election.
“I choose JM because he has brought change and transformation, as well as peace and stability of the nation. He has delivered the change and we are getting stability,” he said.