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16.07.2004 Regional News

Let democracy thrive in tolerance -Boafo

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Obuasi, July 16, GNA - Mr Sampson Kwaku Boafo, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has said for the country's democracy to thrive, there is the need for all the political parties to co-exist in the spirit of tolerance.

Mr Boafo, who used his day's visit to a number of communities in the Adansi West district to preach political tolerance, advised against violence and other forms of rioting during political campaigns.

"You have to listen to all the parties when they come here for their campaigns after which you go home to make your own decisions. If you do not like a party, then you better stay away, there is no need to come and fight", he told the communities.

The Regional Minister urged the people to vote massively for President Kufuor and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the December elections.

Mr Boafo said the relatively short period of the ruling NPP had witnessed marked development in the country, which needed to be continued.

"The government of NPP has brought a lot of development in the country more than what we saw during the 20-year reign of the previous administration".

The Regional Minister emphasised that the level of development the people have seen would determine the outcome of the December elections. He cautioned the people against politics of deceit, lies and character defamation, adding that, "all these forms of politics should be over now".

Mr Boafo, who said the NPP was going to win all the 39 seats in the region, declared, "the opposition are aware that they had already lost the December elections".

The Regional Minister called for peaceful elections and advised the people not to allow anybody to disturb the elections. Mr Boafo used the tour to inaugurate a 180 million-cedi primary school block at Diawuoso and inspected six-unit classroom blocks at Maminiwa and Mampamhwe being financed by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

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