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30.11.2002 Regional News

Kwesi Botchwey steps up campaign in Central Region

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Agona Asafo (Central Region) - Dr Kwesi Botchwey, Former Finance Minister and aspiring NDC flagbearer has assured the numerous supporters of the party that democracy and openness would be his priority.

He said that tolerance and mutual respect as well as justice, equity and fair play prevail in the NDC party to ensure victory if the mantle is given to him in the forthcoming National Delegates Congress.

Dr Botchwey made these assertions on Thursday when he addressed members of the NDC drawn from Agona East, West and Gomoa East and West constituencies at Agona Asafo as part of his tour in the Central Region.

He said he will help to build and respect party structure and functionaries from branches through to the national level.

The former Finance Minister stated that his future government will create structures that would ensure that all levels of the party are regularly informed and actively involved in decisions of the government.

He further noted that he would unite the party through social democratic principles and values and link them with the network of the International Social Democratic Movement (ISDM).

Dr Botchwey stressed the need to build the party into a forum for continuing education and discussion of policy and not just an electioneering machine, adding that study clubs will be vigorously encouraged in all constituencies.

He said the youth, particularly women, will be empowered and mainstreamed into the party's structures through systematic programmes of training, education and re-sourcing in administration of his government.

Dr Botchwey assured the delegates that he will bring new and creative ways of financing the party, structures and activities.

The former Finance Minister who was optimistic of winning the NDC flagbearership declared his determination to ensure transparency in the allocation, distribution and effective use of party resources and logistics to make the party formidable.

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