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17.10.2008 Politics

Make December election peaceful, free and fair – Tackie-Komme

By gna

Nana Oduro Numapau, the Ashiedu-Keteke District Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission, has commended the executives of the Odododiodioo constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for their co-operation and support with regards to electoral issues in the area.

He was speaking after Mr Jonathan Nii Tackie-Komme, MP for the area and the Parliamentary Candidate, accompanied by executives of the NDC had filed his nomination to contest the December General Elections in Accra on Friday.

The District Electoral Officer appealed to the party to continue its support and said this would help in ensuring one of the most successful elections in the area.

The MP, flanked by the Constituency Chairman, Mr Daniel Okai and Mr Joseph Otoo, Constituency Secretary, who signed the nomination forms as supporters presented two copies of the forms and pictures to the District electoral Officer.

After testifying that that he had satisfied all the conditions, Nana Oduro Numapau presented a manual for parliamentary candidates to the MP and urged him to carefully study it to ensure a successful election.

Mr Tackie-Komme thanked the EC for its co-operation and stressed the need for a peaceful, free and fair election and said that was important since Ghanaians had no other country to lay claim to and appealed to the electorate to ensure that Ghana was sparred the post election violence that had led to conflicts in some places.

Mr Okai, on his part, drew the attention of the EC to a polling station at Palladium in the constituency close to an office of a political party, which nearly marred the conduct of a bye-election in the area in 2005 and appealed for the removal of the station to another place to forestall arguments during the polling day.

Nana Oduro Numapau promised to visit the station to see things for himself and said if it was found to be true all would be done to correct the situation.

He also promised to put in place measures to ensure there were no long queues at stations with many voters to ensure smooth and orderly elections.

The District Electoral Officer informed the NDC executives that their petition to the EC to expunge the Electoral Register for areas of unqualified voters was receiving attention and said they would be informed immediately a decision had been taken.