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23.12.2008 Elections

GCPP Declares Support For Mills

By Daily Graphic
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The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), has declared its support for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the December 28, Presidential run-off.

Addressing the media at the party's headquarters yesterday, the Founder and Leader of the party, Mr Dan Lartey, said his party opposed the philosophies and ideas of both parties, but had decided to support the NDC, because it had a better track record of being prudent economic managers.

He said considering the performance of both parties, the NDC was better than the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He said GCPP decided to declare its support for the NDC, because it had inherited a period of economic hardship, but were able to manage debts to sustain economic growth of the country.

The NPP administration, he said, rather took over an economy that was buoyed and poised, but their performance in the past eight years had not been as expected.

He explained that the security of the country, under the NPP administration, was ineffective, and that the populace had lived in fear because of armed robbery.

Mr Lartey said the country had become a transit point for dangerous narcotics, and attributed this to the inefficiency of the security services.

He said the NPP government had also failed to manage the economy, and this had led to  massive unemployment and poverty among the youth.

He said the Poverty Reduction for Growth could also not yield the anticipated results, hence the introduction of Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty.

The founder and leader of the party said the election resulted in a run-off because the Electoral Commission (EC) disqualified the GCPP.

If the GCPP had not been disqualified, he contended, they would have won the elections.

"The NPP and the NDC were neck-to-neck because the main contender  the GCPP was disenfranchised by the Electoral Commission on flimsy reasons," he stated.

He described the act by the EC as unfortunate, because "the voice, which should speak for the voiceless, was halted by the EC.”

 
Story by Francis Yaw Kyei

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