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20.11.2008 Elections

Mad Rush For Party Paraphernalia At Bolga

By A.A. Mbord, Bolgatanga - newtimesonline.com

BOLGATANGA, the Upper East Regional capital, has been engulfed in heavy business activities of political party paraphernalia ahead of the December 7 general election which is 17 days away.

On display are 'T-Shirts' of presidential  candidates, hats, hand bands, flags, scarves, calendars and souvenirs of the various political parties.

Also on sale are, 'Ghana at 50' costumes, the national flag as well as souvenirs.

A survey by Times here yesterday indicated that the most sought  for and patronised paraphernalia are those of the NPP and NDC which are evidently predominant in the region.

At  selling points including the Bolgatanga Central Market, the electorate can be seen scrambling to select the paraphernalia of their choice.

The prices range from GH¢5.00 to GH¢15.00 depending on one's choice whereas the flags, arm bands and mufflers go for between GH0.50p and GH¢1.00.

Times can guess that if the healthy interactions among the electorate are anything to go by then one can conclude that the threat of violence which heralded the campaign in August are giving way to peaceful election.

The survey also revealed that despite the criss-crossing of presidential candidates in the region in recent times there has not been any reports of nasty incidents.

Reports from the district capitals also indicate that the people are patronising party paraphernalia while some traders are taking advantage of the situation.

Meanwhile, political party campaign in the region has moved into a high gear with visits by the presidential candidates of the PNC, Dr Edward Mahama and Professor Atta Mills of the NDC.

Professor John Evans Atta Mills ended his visit to the region yesterday after touring all the constituencies.

The presidential candidate for the NPP Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo was scheduled to arrive in the region yesterday.

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