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11.04.2004 General News

Deputy Minister declared unopposed

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Nalerigu, (N/R), April 11 GNA - Hajia Alima Mahama, Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiative, was on Saturday declared unopposed as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate to contest the Nalerigu seat in the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Making the declaration at a gathering of NPP supporters at Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi district, Mr Sulumana Osman, District Electoral Officer, explained that as at the close of nomination, only Hajia Mahama had filed her nomination papers to contest the constituency primaries.

He said, "Hajia Mahama had therefore been confirmed by the Electoral Commission as the NPP parliamentary candidate for the Nalerigu seat." The NPP candidate thanked the NPP constituency executives and the rank and file of party for the confidence reposed in her.

Hajia Mahama called on party members to work hard to ensure NPP victory in the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

She said to facilitate their work, she had provided a pick-up vehicle for the constituency executives, a motor cycle for each of the five polling station executives in the zone, and bicycles for some of the party activists in the villages.

Hajia Mahama told the NPP gathering that even though the electorates did not vote for the NPP in the 2000 elections, President Kufuor has extended his presidency and friendship to the people of Mamprugu as evidenced by the number of development projects the government had initiated in the area.

She mentioned among other projects the rehabilitation of road networks, provision of school infrastructure and the construction of nutrition centres, which also served as clinics.

Hajiam Mahama said "it is about time we also responded positively to this gesture" adding "we can only do this by voting massively for NPP in both the parliamentary and the presidential elections."

The NPP candidate who lost the Nalerigu seat to the incumbent National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Sugru Tia, was optimistic that President Kufuor and the NPP would win the general elections. She said "it is important that we become part of that victory by voting massively for the NPP in the December elections."