GCPP Will Contest All 230 Parliamentary Seats
9/19/2008 11:40:17 AM -
The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) will contest all the 230 seats in the December parliamentary election, the flag bearer of the party, Mr Dan Lartey, has said.
'The GCPP will file with the Electoral Commission (EC) nominations for all the 230 aspirants who will contest this year's parliamentary polls in the name of the party,' he said.
Mr Lartey, who said this in an interview at the party's headquarters in Accra yesterday, explained that the GCPP had already held primaries in all its 230 constituency branches across the country to elect candidates to contest on its ticket in the parliamentary election.
'The GCPP is poised to cause a major upset in the country's political history by forming the majority bloc in the next Parliament and it is for this reason that the party has decided to contest all the 230 parliamentary seats,' he said.
When Mr Lartey was asked when the exercise to elect the parliamentary aspirants took place, Mr Lartey said the GCPP had decided not to make public the holding of its delegates conferences intended for such exercises.
He explained that the party had removed the tactics of fanfare and colour from its campaign arsenal and was committed to the organisation of its activities on the quiet.
'The party opened nominations in all the constituencies for persons desirous of contesting the primaries to do so, after which a vetting exercise was carried out to select the credible ones among them for the election' he said.
Asked to make available the names of some of the candidates and the constituencies they represented, the GCPP leader declined to offer such names, stressing that he would do so at the appropriate time.
According to him, there was the likelihood that other political parties would clandestinely approach those candidates and offer them monetary and material gifts and ask them not to contest the election.
'The GCPP has learnt from the blunders it committed in the last elections which prevented it from winning political power and the party is not going to repeat those mistakes for its detractors to exploit to their advantage,' he said.
Mr Lartey also disclosed that the party was in the process of mobilising funds to pay for the nomination fees of the 230 aspirants the day they would file their nominations with the EC.