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21.08.2005 Politics

Government urged to create more polling stations


Wechiau (UW), Aug. 21, GNA - Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Member of Parliament for Wa West, on Sunday urged the government through the Electoral Commission to create more polling stations to facilitate subsequent general elections.

He said some polling stations, particularly, those in his constituency were becoming over concentrated and people had to travel long distances to vote, which was not encouraging high voter turnout. Mr Chireh made the call during the Wa West National Democratic Congress (NDC) constituency delegates' congress at Wechiau. He said concentration on the creation of more polling stations and the passing of the Disability Bill were necessary for positive development and democratisation that the proposed People's Representation Bill, "which is going to be very unfavourable to the majority of Ghanaians".

"We of the NDC are rejecting the People's Representation Bill. We are not part of it and will not be part of. They know that everything about the Bill is wrong, yet they are pursuing it". The MP said he would spend a chunk of his Common Fund on education as most people in the area were lagging behind in education.

Mr Chireh said already he had released part of the fund for schools in the constituency to prepare mock examinations for students to get accustomed to trends of their final examinations.

"Most of them have never written examination printed on papers and would therefore face problems during the final examinations hence the mock examinations to prepare them adequately."

Naa Seidu Braimah, a Regional Vice Chairman of the party urged them to collaborate effectively with their executive members to enable them to recapture power in the 2008 general elections "to redeem Ghanaians from their perpetual suffering."

He blamed the NPP government for what he described as "high school fees to enable children of only those of them in power to achieve academic heights."

All the 11 constituency executive members were elected unopposed with 18 committee members also elected unopposed. Alaric Imoro Mahama was elected Chairman with Messrs Dasana Saaka, Sumaila Osman and Bayong Ben Yussif elected as first, second and third Vice Chairmen respectively.

Iddrisu Abudulai was elected Secretary with Seidu Karim as his Deputy, Kojo Kinsley, Organising Secretary and Joseph Pietey, Deputy Organiser.

Also present were Mr Mathias Puozah, MP for Nadowli East and Mr A.Y Hamidu, Regional Youth Organiser.