25.10.2004 Politics

Prefer achievements to vague promises-Elizabeth Ohene

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Anyirawase (V/R), Oct. 25, GNA - Miss Elizabeth Ohene, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Ho-West Constituency on Sunday urged the electorate to base their preferences for political parties on demonstrable competences rather than vague promises.

Miss Ohene, who is also the Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, said this during the launch of the 2004 Ho-West Constituency campaign dubbed: "Taking Ho-West Into the Heart of Government" at Anyirawase in the Ho Municipality.

She said, even though, already a Minister, the mandate of the people, which would usher her into Parliament, would be a further authority and a boost towards tackling the numerous under-development issues in the area.

Miss Ohene said she had demonstrated enough goodwill and capability towards the welfare of members of the Constituency and giving her the mandate would mean an accelerated development.

She noted that, there were enormous development projects that had to be done in the area and it would be an anti-climax for the people not to vote NPP into power again.

The Aspirant urged the people to make Ho-West part of the winning team and entreated them to exercise their franchise in large numbers on December 7.

Mr Kobina T. Hammond, Deputy Minister of Energy, said he was optimistic that the invincibility of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region had been really cuffed as the "World Bank was becoming a rural bank".

He appealed to the electorate to translate the massive support for the NPP into votes, to enable Government to continue with its development goals.

Mr Raymond Okudzeto, a Patron of the Party, recounted some development benefits the Region had experienced even when the people failed to vote for the NPP, naming such projects as the completion of the Keta Sea Defence Project, major trunk and feeder roads, the West African Cement Factory at Aflao as well as numerous educational and health infrastructure.

Mrs Esther Ofori, Chief Executive of the Ghana Trade Fair Company, said the hostile reception that the NPP witnessed in the 1996 and 2000 elections had given way to open and accommodative support and enthusiasm, which should be harnessed to make the Party to win in December.

Mr Rex Fafa Dogoe, the Campaign Manager, appealed to the electorate to eschew violence in the run-up to the elections and beyond. Present were Mr Tommy Amematekpor, a Presidential Aide, Mr Joe Aggrey, Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and other party functionaries.

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