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19.07.2004 Politics

Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi's candidacy confirmed

By GNA

Aworowa (B/A), July 19, GNA - Mr. Dan Botwe, General Secretary of New Patriotic Party, has said the party would use a scientific campaign to win Techiman North and South parliamentary seats in the December elections.

He said the two constituencies would be logistically resourced through the involvement of party members to ensure total victory. Mr. Botwe was speaking at a mammoth rally at Aworowa in Techiman municipality at which Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, the Minister of Ports, Harbours and Railways, was confirmed as the party's parliamentary candidate for Techiman North constituency.

Mr. George Gyabaah, Techiman Municipal Electoral Officer proclaimed Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi's as unopposed as he was the only person who had filed his nomination and the chairmen of the 71 polling stations in the constituency endorsed him by popular acclamation.

Mr. Botwe said the NPP was poised at capturing 170 seats out of the 230 constituencies throughout the country with a very pragmatic strategy and not through violence.

Mr. Botwe urged all party members to be disciplined to ensure maximum cohesion and unity of purpose at all levels of the campaign towards the achievement of the victory goal.

He called on the supporters to disseminate the goodwill of the party to every sympathiser, saying, the numerous projects undertaken by the government in the country did not constitute a negative development.

Mr. Sampson K. Boafo, Ashanti Regional Minister, noted that the 20 years' rule of PNDC/NDC could not measure up to the three years development programmes of the NPP and as such President Kufuor and his government should be given the mandate again to complete their good work.

He called on the electorate to fill all ballot boxes with NPP votes in the December elections to ensure that the party retained power.

Mr. Hamid Mustapha, National Youth Organizer, commended the delegates for endorsing Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi's candidature, saying he would lead them to complete more developmental programmes.

The youth leader described the Minister as a "human centred person who has the development of education in the area dear to his heart", adding that it was during his tenure of office as the Director General of Ghana Education Service during the NDC era and Minister of Education in the present regime that adequate learning materials were provided to tertiary institutions.

Madam Rita Talata Asobayire, National Women Organizer, appealed to women and the leadership of the youth and party agents to be assigned at polling stations on election day to be well-versed in the electoral processes and to exhibit courage.

Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi thanked the delegates and the people for their support and promised to lead them to develop the constituency.

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