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17.09.2004 NDC News

NDC campaign will be devoid of violence

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Obuasi, Sept. 17, GNA -The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is to embark on vigorous campaign devoid of acts that will incite violence in the country.

Mr Paul Raymond Kwofie, the chairman of the Communications Committee of the Obuasi constituency of the NDC, who announced this, stated, "NDC campaign will be based on issues like education, health, agriculture, utility services and the rest".

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Obuasi, Mr Kwofie said, "We want violence-free campaign from all political parties".

He said the party had learnt its lessons well since it had been in government and opposition and that it would change a lot of things to enhance good governance when voted to power again.

He appealed to the electorate to vote NDC to power since the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had failed the nation. "The NPP has failed the electorate by not honouring its numerous campaign promises. The zero tolerance for corruption has become a mere slogan", Mr Kwofie said.

The NDC activist pointed out that the current high cost of living arising out of increases in the prices of petroleum products and school fees were indications of failure by the NPP.

He said the country was experiencing high tariffs which had aggravated the already poor standard of living of the masses.

Mr Kwofie touched on the HIPC initiative and said the people were yet to see its benefits, adding, "the current situation now suggests that we are in a poor country".

Touching on peaceful elections, Mr Kwofie advised party executives not to buy any alcoholic beverages for the youth during and after the elections.

"The youth should not be encouraged to take drugs or intoxicants to cause violence and disturb the peace during this period", he said. Mr Kwofie also appealed to the media to be circumspect in their reportage since any falsehood in their coverage could undermine the peace in the country.

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