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06.07.2004 NDC News

Tema East NDC primaries end in confusion

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Tema, 6, GNA - The Tema East Constituency primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ended in confusion at Tema at the weekend, as supporters of the two candidates contesting for the Party's ticket traded insults.

Mr Albert Antwi-Nuamah, an Administrative Officer, who lost the elections to Mrs Kai Adjei, an Educationist, by 95 to 85 votes, accused the Constituency Executive of being bias.

Supporters of Antwi-Nuamah threatened to vote against Mrs Adjei in Election 2004.

"If you people claim she has won here, she will not win in the impending elections. We will not vote for her and NPP would still have the seat," they yelled.

The Police had a tough time bringing the situation under control. Mr Antwi-Nuamah later told the GNA that there were a lot of irregularities during the voting process, which gave his opponent an undue advantage over him.

He alleged that the votes of delegates, who were absent, were illegally cast for his opponent.

However, Mrs Philomena Edusei, Tema Municipal Electoral Officer, told the GNA that the election was free and fair.

Nii Komiete Doku, the Constituency Chairman described Mr Antwi-Nuamah's allegations as false propaganda.

Mr Joshua Alabi, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Party, gave the assurance that the allegations would be investigated.

He said the Party hierarchy would not entertain members, who would decide to contest as independent Parliamentary Candidates.

Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, MP for Wenchi West, said the NDC would unite all Ghanaians for development if it regained power in Election 2004.

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