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30.10.2004 PNC News

PNC to contest 20 parliamentary seats in Ashanti

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Kumasi, Oct 30, GNA -Twenty out of the 26 parliamentary candidates of the People's National Convention (PNC) filed their papers to contest the December elections in the Ashanti Region.

Mr Thomas Atigah, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the PNC, told the Ghana News Agency that he suspected the remaining six candidates could not beat the deadline for the filing of the papers.

Speaking in an interview in Kumasi on Saturday on the preparedness of the PNC towards the elections in Ashanti, he said the constituencies in which the PNC was fielding candidates were carefully selected constituencies in which the party was very certain of winning.

Mr Atigah, who is also the PNC parliamentary candidate for Asawase, said the notion that Ashanti was the stronghold or sole preserve of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) no longer holds. He explained that this time round, the seats will be shared among all the political parties with no one particular party claiming monopoly of the parliamentary seats.

Mr Atigah said this situation had arisen because of the loss of confidence of the electorate in the NPP's policies and programmes. Mr Ali Aremeyao, Regional Organiser of the PNC, said the PNC would organise a day's seminar for all its parliamentary candidates in the region.

The seminar, he said, would be used to educate them on the party's manifesto and strategies to use in their campaigns.

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