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14.11.2008 Elections

NVP Fields Five Parliamentary Candidates

The New Vision Party (NVP) has fielded five parliamentary candidates country-wide to contest the December elections, despite its inability to contest the presidential polls.

They are Mr Mahmoud Sigli who contests Tamale North Constituency; Mr Mohammed Issah for Tamale Central; Mr Yushawu Mohammed, Savelugu; Rev. Angela Adams, Ledzokuku, and Nana Okuntey Gyasi for Ayawaso East.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic to formally outdoor his campaign, Nana Gyasi maintained that although the NVP was a new entrant in Ghana's political arena, he was not new in the game of politics.

He added that he had been resident in the constituency since his childhood days; worked as a policeman and also played a leadership role in the Neighbourhood Watchdog Committee.

He called on the constituents to critically assess the capabilities of each of the candidates and vote for the one most suitable to represent them in Parliament.

The man-to-man and house-to-house campaign strategy he had adopted, according to him, was the best option since that was the only way by which he could effectively market himself to the people.

“I have targeted my campaign at family heads, opinion leaders, group heads and other influential leaders in our community and the response so far has been good,” Nana Gyasi declared.

He is of the opinion that the constituency election for a member of parliament this year would be keenly contested, given the fact that six political parties and three independent candidates were vying for the slot, which he believed the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Dr Mustapha Ahmed, and Alhaji Salisu Baba of the NPP would find extremely difficult to win.

For him, he stood a chance of drawing a lot of votes from both Christians and Muslims in the constituency where the NDC and the NPP had over the years consistently enjoyed electoral support.

Touching on his vision for the constituency if elected, the parliamentary candidate mentioned that the area had recorded very low levels of education, which had accounted for the high unemployment rate and pledged to institute a scheme under which brilliant, needy students would be sponsored to attain the highest educational level possible.

Story by Sebastian Syme