General News Sat, 30 Sep 2006

CPP gets set for 2008 elections

Accra, Sept. 30, GNA - The Convention People's Party (CPP) on Saturday outlined a comprehensive modern electoral politicking, re-structuring and revamping strategy to enhance the party's electoral fortunes in the 2008 general elections.

Dr Edmund N. Delle National Chairman of the party said the strategy sought to revitalise Nkrumahist principles of social justice and welfare in the contest of leftist political philosophy to ensure that Ghanaians enjoyed caring Government from 2009. He was addressing delegates of the Youth and Women's wing of the party from Greater Accra, Central, Volta, Western and Eastern regions at a workshop in Accra.

It was organised by the party and supported by Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) to dialogue on issues that would prepare the CPP for victory in 2008 and establish the essence of women and youth leagues.

The CPP National Chairman said the strategy would empower women to organise themselves into a dynamic league to canvas support for the party, while the youth would play a prominent role in the re-organisation process.

He said "CPP came to power through effective work of its youth and women's league, which was a paramount issue of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah to form the Verander Boys.


"The tradition goes on, the youth and women's league would continue to have prominent place in our party."

Dr Delle said women had been playing a crucial role since the formation of the party in all events as well as constituting an important base for the CPP, "Nkrumah himself suggested this by his axiom that the degree of a country's revolutionary awareness may be measured by the political maturity of its women."

Professor Nii Noi Dowuona, CPP General Secretary said the national workshop to revamp the party was in line with The First President of Ghana Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah's vision for the nation, which saw him involving the youth and women in national affairs. He said: "The time has come for us to give a further meaning to Osagyefo's vision," stressing that, women and the youth, who constituted the majority, had not been treated fairly after the overthrow of the First Republic.

Prof. Dowuona said the CPP with the motto of "Forward Ever, Backward Never," had dusted itself of the political inertia it had long been associated with since the ban on party politics was lifted in 1992. It has the mandate to assert itself as one of the leading parties in the country once again, Prof Dowuona added.

Source: GNA