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17.10.2008 Politics

Mills Ready To Fly

By Daily Guide

THE OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer, Prof. John Evans Attah Mills has sent a word to President Kufuor to watch him as he flies to the Ashanti region to begin a week-long door-to-door campaign to demonstrate his fitness and preparedness to beat Nana Akufo-Addo in the December 7 polls.

Prof. Mills indicated this at the Electoral Commission (EC) headquarters yesterday, after Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission, had officially declared him and his running mate John Dramani Mahama as the candidates to run on the ticket of the NDC in this year's presidential election.

Prof. Mills and Mr. Mahama stormed the EC dressed in white clothing, accompanied by bigwigs of the party, to formally present their documents and cheques for the filing fee.

The EC Chairman indicated that candidates were not obliged to be present their forms physically and that any of their sponsors or proposers could do that on their behalf.

He added that it was the duty of the EC to examine the documents particularly the Statutory Declaration forms which required candidates to provide information that was authentic.

He warned that if the EC later detects that the information provided is false, punitive measures would be taken against the candidate.  

After scrutinising the documents, the EC Chairman declared them authentic and issued to the two gentlemen a copy of the document to officially declare them as candidates to run on the NDC ticket.

There was spontaneous jubilation and singing of “Onward Christians Soldiers….” by supporters who had gathered there, while the two Johns beamed with smiles, flashing the victory sign.

Prof. Mills appealed to the EC to ensure free, fair and transparent elections, noting that the EC had a track record of organizing very good elections devoid of rancour, in Africa.

He assured Ghanaians that the NDC would demonstrate maturity in the forthcoming elections.

Prof. Mills called on Ghanaians to shun violence and any social upheaval that could undermine the electoral process.

He said the call for change by Ghanaians was not just any change but a quality change that would bring the NDC back to power to change the lifestyle of Ghanaians for the better.

The NDC flag bearer accused the NPP of disappointing Ghanaians in their delivery, especially regarding the economic emancipation of the ordinary people.

Prof. Mills assured Ghanaians that the NDC being a Social Democratic party would put in place measures that would address the fundamental problems of ordinary people.

On recent remarks allegedly made by President Kufuor to the effect that Prof. Mills had left his campaign to his running mate to do, Prof. Mills reiterated the 'jewel' in Mr. Mahama and said the presidency is made up of both the president and the vice.

He said Mr. Mahama was a fine gentleman who could do the job very well as his running mate and therefore considered President Kufuor's comments as misplaced.

Also at the EC headquarters was a bevy of ladies known as the 'Mills Ladies' from tertiary institutions like the University of Ghana, Legon and the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), who had come to show their support for Prof. Mills.

By Wisdom Peter Awuku