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23.07.2004 Politics

Ignore propaganda of vote rigging - Ambrose

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Lawra (U/W), July 23, GNA - Mr Ambrose Dery, Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, has asked Ghanaians to ignore the propaganda by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had plans to rig Election 2004.

Speaking at a forum organised by the Lawra/Nandom Constituency of NPP, Mr Dery called on the Party's activists to defuse the propaganda, which he said was intended to generate tension and uneasiness in the run-up to the elections.

He pointed out that the logistical and material support being provided by the Party to its constituencies and those from its candidates and supporters demonstrated that the NPP was preparing for competitive, fair and transparent elections on a level playing ground.

Mr Stephen Engman, Special Assistant to the Upper West Regional Minister, urged the people in the area to strive "to correct their political mistake by returning to the Danquah-Busia Tradition by voting massively for President Kufuor and NPP parliamentary candidates.

Mr Kofi Amponsah-Bediako, Assistant Government Spokesman on Social Services, urged NPP members to accept NDC supporters who had seen the light and had decided to join the Party since political parties thrive on numbers.

At the function, Mr Dery, an aspiring NPP parliamentary candidate for Lawra/Nandom, presented five motorbikes and 16 bicycles with their accessories valued at 58 million cedis to the Constituency Branch of the NPP to campaign for President Kufuor and whoever emerged the Party's Parliamentary Candidate in the primaries yet to be held.

The five main zones of Lawra, Babile, Nandom, Zambo and Basible-Ko each had a motorbike and two bicycles. 25 Jul 04

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