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10.05.2004 General News

NDC poised to win December elections

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Shia (U/E), May 10, GNA - The Member of Parliament (MP) for Talensi, Mr. John Tia said at the weekend that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was poised for victory in the upcoming general elections because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had failed to keep to its promises.

He said the majority of Ghanaians could now make a clear distinction between the good policies and programmes of the previous NDC regime and those of the current NPP government.

Mr. Tia, who is also the Deputy Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, stated this when he addressed separate meetings of party agents in the three zones of his constituency at Shia-Tindong, Tongo and Pwalugu in the newly created Nabdam/Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

The MP said policies being pursued by the government tended to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few already well-off citizens, while these same policies had imposed economic hardships on the majority poor and ordinary public servants.

"The economic conditions of public servants are worst off than before. They can't pay their children school fees, they can't pay for high utility bills and they can't afford decent health care", he told the party activists.

Mr. Tia said the NPP had lost popularity in the main cities of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, as well as in other urban areas because of its harsh economic policies, explaining that the party (NPP) was now concentrating much effort in the rural areas.

He advised his supporters to close their ranks and guard against provocative acts that were likely to create confusion in the run-up to the December general elections.

Mr. Tia inspected some development projects, including a block of three classrooms at Shia, being built at a cost of 119 million cedis with funds from his share of the MPs Common Fund.