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19.07.2004 NDC News

NDC to launch its manifesto next week

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Kumasi, July 19, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will launch its campaign for the 2004 presidential and parliamentary elections in Kumasi within the next couple of weeks.

Mr Baba Jamal, National Deputy General Secretary of the party, who announced this, said the party would launch its new manifesto and the simultaneous launching would pave the way for full-scale campaign to wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the forthcoming elections.

Mr Jamal was speaking at the inauguration of NDC executive members for the newly created Nhyiaeso Constituency and the launching of new party membership cards in Kumasi on Sunday.

The 28-member executive has Mr Benjamin Baidoo as its chairman and Mr Emmanuel Nti-Fordjour, the Ashanti Regional chairman of the party, swore the members into office.

Mr Jamal gave the assurance that with innovation injected into their strategies and revamping of their campaign machinery, the NDC was now positive of winning the general elections without any hindrance. "There cannot be any second round in this year's election since the NDC is adequately prepared to win the elections in the first round by a 62 percent margin", he stressed.

Mr Daniel Ohene Agyekum, member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, appealed to NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary candidates to be firm and resist any monetary influences and gifts from any group with the intention of swaying them from the party.

He said it would be unfair for them to abandon the NDC at this very crucial moment when their services were most needed. Mr Daniel Frimpong, the Nhyiaeso constituency secretary, advised members to disabuse their minds of the perception and propaganda that Nhyiaeso was also a stronghold of the NPP.

He said they should ignore such speculations and rather work hard and co-ordinate their activities to enable them to chalk victory in the presidential and parliamentary elections in the new constituency. Mrs Joana Appiah-Dwomoh, a former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, presided.

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