Politics of 2014-05-04

NDC incapable of managing affairs - Kwamena Duncan

The Central Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kwamena Duncan, has described the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a party incapable of effectively managing and running the affairs of the country.

According to him, the NDC party uses propaganda to skew the voting of the electorate in their favour to somehow win general elections only to exhibit their inability to govern and manage the affairs of the state to better the lot of the ordinary Ghanaian.

He stated that it was not enough for a party to only win an election, stressing that the NDC, since it took over from the NPP in 2009, had shown its incompetence in the administration of the country.

Mr Duncan stated this when he addressed a day’s orientation workshop for NPP polling station executive members in the Mahodwe Electoral Area at Agona Swedru in the Central Region on Thursday.

The event, which was the first to be organised, was to educate the participants on their responsibilities as polling station executive members, effective ways of communicating on radio, as well as what they needed to do to ensure an NPP victory in the 2016 general election.

It was attended by the Constituency Chairman, Mr Kojo Addo, the immediate past Constituency Chairman, Mr Onomah Coleman, and other executive members of the party in the Agona West Constituency.

State of economy

He stressed that the gross incompetence of the NDC administration, especially in the management of the economy, had brought untold hardship on Ghanaians due to the high cost of living as a result of increase in petroleum products.

He explained that the cost of doing business in the country was very high and had resulted in the collapse of most firms, resulting in the current high unemployment rate in the country.

He noted that the NPP recognised the suffering of Ghanaians and would do what was necessary to come back to power in 2016 to alleviate the plight of the masses.

He mentioned that during the eight-year reign of the NPP, the party showed that it had better managers since a lot was done to improve the lives of the people.

He cited the introduction of the free basic school education, the Ghana School Feeding Programme, the National Health Insurance Scheme, and the free maternal healthcare, among other interventions introduced by the NPP to help transform the lives of the people.

Advice to polling station executive

The regional secretary informed them that elections were won at the polling station and so they must embark on effective campaigns in their respective areas to ensure victory in 2016. He charged them to have access to the polling station register in order to identify the members, sympathisers and floating voters so that they could undertake house-to-house campaigns to woo them into their fold. “If polling station executive members are to work effectively in their areas, there will not be any justification for the party to lose the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections,” he added. He stressed that it was the responsibility of polling station executive to ensure victory for the party at the polling station, constituency and national levels. Regional women’s organizer The Central Regional Women’s Organiser of the party, Mrs Cynthia Morrison, commended the Mahodwe Electoral Area for organising the event, as it would help enlighten the members on their roles to ensuring victory in 2016. She called on members of the party to be united and rally behind whoever would emerge as the flag bearer of the party and work towards victory in 2016. Chairman for occasion A former Constituency Chairman, Mr Adofo Dwamena, who chaired the function, urged the current executive of the party to reach out to past executive members so that together they would work to recapture the Agona West parliamentary seat and the presidency in 2016. He called for a more vigorous campaign, especially in the villages and the hinterlands, since, according to him, such a move would increase the party’s chances of wresting power from the hands of the NDC. The Mahodwe Electoral Area Co-ordinator, Nana Ampem-Darkoh, in a welcome address earlier, said the surest way for the NPP to win the 2016 elections was for polling station executives to actively participate in the campaign at the grass roots level.