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16.05.2012 NDC News

More Calamities For NDC

By Daily Guide
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AS THE battle for votes heats up, it appears the fortunes of the NDC in the Volta region, the ruling government's 'World Bank,' will record a major blow as chiefs, opinion leaders and people of Kpeve in the Hohoe municipality and South Dayi district have vowed to boycott the December elections if their desire for a united Kpeve is not granted.

The beef of the people is that although Kpeve is one traditional area, it has interestingly been divided among two assemblies namely, the South Dayi District Assembly and the Hohoe Municipal Assembly. Now the area has been divided into Kpeve Old Town (Hohoe) and Kpeve New Town (South Dayi).

The people say attempts including numerous petitions to the President, minister for Local Government and Rural Development, former Regional Minster, Joseph Amenowode and the two assemblies to correct the anomaly have proved futile.

They have consequently resolved that they have no other choice than to take drastic measures by boycotting the December elections.

The chiefs and people of Kpeve New Town have also decided to boycott all assembly and traditional council meetings under the Hohoe municipality.

These issues came to light when the Regent of Kpeve Old Town, Togbe Sylvestor Ansah, Kpeve New Town Assembly Member, Ishmael Koranteng, Hayford Kugblenu (Head of Kpeve Old Town Royal Family) and one Bless Kugblenu stormed the Ho offices of DAILY GUIDE last Wednesday.

During their interaction with the paper they showed this reporter their petition to the President signed by Kpeve Old Town Regent, Togbe Samuel Kugblenu in which they explained that there is no existing boundary line between the two Kpeve communities.

This situation has thwarted national exercises such as house numbering, voter registration, and censuses and created misunderstanding and near fatal clashes in the community.

The two communities believe that if they are placed under one district, preferably South Dayi, the boundary issue will be solved.

The regent and his entourage said the worst part is that the land which the South Dayi District Assembly is occupying belongs to Kpeve Old Town which is in the Hohoe District.

Togbe Ansah said they gave out the land in hopes that the twin Kpeve communities will be once again united under the New South Dayi District.

When DAILY GUIDE visited the area it was clear there was no distinct boundary between the two communities.

This reporter observed that the South Dayi Education office and Kpeve Old Town clinic were situated at the same place yet the clinic is under the Hohoe municipality. While some used street lights as the boundary others used electricity and telephone poles as border lines.

 From Fred Duodu, Ho

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