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05.07.2004 Regional News

MP protests against compilation of constituency register

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Accra, July 5, GNA - Mr George Isaac Amoo, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, has accused the Constituency Executives of unilaterally compiling the polling station executive register for the forthcoming primaries on July 31st in variance to the Party's constitutional provisions.

In a protest letter to the Regional Chairman, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey the MP said: "I write to formally register my protest against some aspect of the constituency polling station executive register, which has been complied unilaterally by the Chairman and some executive members."

In the letter, a copy of which the Ghana News Agency laid-hands-on on Monday, the MP accused the Executives of imposing themselves as polling station chairpersons over various polling stations at the Legon Campus, "where we have a well organised and recognised students front (TESCON) with their respective Polling Station Executives."

The MP reminded the Regional Executives of the loyal service of the student wing "TESCON" of Legon since 1992, "they have loyally served the Party as Polling Agents during all elections and organisers for student support and votes on campus among the large student population." Mr Amoo alleged that TESCON had presented a register of the various Halls Polling Station Executives to the Constituency Chairman for the final compilation of the general register but the Executives ignored it. The MP is, therefore, calling for urgent steps to rectify the anomaly to facilitate the interest and continuous participation of TESCON in all activities of the Party in the Constituency.

Responding to the accusation the Constituency Executive said, even though, copies of the petition was served to the National and Regional Executive Members, as well as the Greater Accra Regional Vetting Committee the petitioner failed to give them a copy.

Mr Dan Kyai, Secretary; Ms Grace Boakye, Women Organiser and Mr Bismark Appiah Owusu, Youth Organiser, told the GNA that the Constituency Executives complied with the rules and regulations of the Party.

The Executives said the MP participated in the process of compiling the register from the photo taking stage to photo album binding and was dully present when the document was submitted to the Regional Executives on February 16.

Mr Kyai said the MP should rather commend the Constituency Executives for devoting their time to undertake the project within a limited period "they actually exercised their leadership qualities and played a supervisory role to have the job done".

On the issue of imposition of Polling Station Executives, the Constituency leadership debunked the accusation and said it was an attempt to create confusion in the rank and file of the supporters. The Executives urged the Regional and National Executives to concentrate on the original register submitted on February 16, 2004 for the primaries as any attempt to change it would be detrimental to the Party in Election 2004.

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