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16.10.2008 Politics

Haruna counts on constituents to win seat

By Edmond Gyebi, Tamale - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu has said that his hope of returning to parliament for a second time is based on the overwhelming support, trust and confidence that he is enjoying from his constituents.

He, however, expressed fears over potential violent attacks, intimidations and harassment that would be visited on the people in his constituency and other members of the NDC by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), in their attempt to win some seats in Tamale.

Addressing a well-attended rally at Darijohifong, near Lamashegu in the Tamale South Constituency, Hon Haruna maintained that he would record an irresistible victory over the NPP if the election was conducted peacefully and fairly without any intimidation or acts of violence.

He, therefore, called on government and the Electoral Commission (EC) to diligently officiate the December polls with all the efficiency that it deserved. He also appealed to the Security Agencies to play their expected neutral role and also respond swiftly to any unfortunate incidence.

The NDC MP held the conviction that Tamale, and for that matter Northern Region would go through the election processes peacefully, without any form of acrimony, if the stakeholders, including the EC, security agencies, political parties, the media and the party supporters play their roles responsibly.

Hon. Haruna Iddrisu vehemently cautioned the youth in Tamale, especially those in his party to behave responsibly before, during and after the elections to safeguard the credibility of the ballot.

He also called on them to tolerate and co-exist with their political opponents.

“I am extremely optimistic that if on Election Day there is no incidence or negative happenings, such as gunshots, intimidation or beating of voters, I will return to parliament as the elected representative of Tamale South. My greatest fear is the potential violence that might be visited on innocent people in Tamale on the Election Day. I am therefore challenging the security agencies to protect every Ghanaian citizen to exercise his or her legitimate constitutional right and to let the sovereign will of the electorate prevail, so that whoever wins the elections would be respected, provided it is the will of the electorate,” he said.

Hon. Haruna, however, told the jubilant crowd to be wary of possible tricks and other ill-methods that would be carried out by the NPP in trying to win the elections. He promised to continue his peace advocacy among the youth throughout the campaigning and electioneering periods.

The rally was attended by some NDC top regional and constituency executives.

However, a new NDC flag was hoisted by the MP to justify the party's dominance in the Darijohifong community