The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Sam Cudjoe, has stated that the party is optimistic about obtaining at least 80 per cent of the votes in the upcoming Fomena by-election.
Consequently, he said a team from the national office and the regional office, led by the National Organiser, Mr Lord Commey, are in the constituency to put finishing touches to the party's campaign ahead of the elections, which comes off on Tuesday January 23, 2006.
The Fomena seat became vacant following the death of the former Member of Parliament, Mr Akwasi Afrifah.
Mr Cudjoe said the electorate in the constituency were interested in development projects and that was exactly what the party was doing.
He specifically mentioned the extension of electricity to the area, and said only about five towns were yet to be connected to the national grid.
He said the team which was spearheading the party's campaign in the constituency included the General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntow and some regional officers such as the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr Yaw Amankwa, Youth Organiser and officers from the Fomena constituency.
Mr Cudjoe said the team had toured almost all areas in the constituency and had planned two grand rallies for Akrokeri and Fomena on Sunday to conclude their campaign.
He explained that the Akrokeri rally would be held in the morning while that of Fomena would be in the afternoon.
He said the campaign team had been making whistle stops at various towns to pay courtesy calls on chiefs and to solicit votes from the electorate.
The regional secretary said the campaign team had been explaining the government's policies to the electorate and they seemed to be enjoying a very good reception from them.
Mr Cudjoe said the team had visited almost all the 45 polling areas in the constituency and were left with only about three of them.
Three persons, Nana Abu Bonsra of the NPP, Madam Comfort Ampofo of the NDC and Augustina Kyei of the Democratic People's Party (DPP) are the contestants for Tuesday's polls.
Story By Enoch Darfah Frimpong, Kumasi