Heavy security heralds NDC Ningo-Prampram primary
Heavy security presence heralded the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primary in the Ningo-Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region.
That was because the Prampram Constituency bears the tag of being a political hotspot and to pre-empt any electoral violence, the District Security Committee headed by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Jonathan Doku, deployed close to 100 police personnel drawn from the Police Headquarters, the Tema Police Command and the Prampram Police Division to oversee the security arrangements on the ground.
As part of its strategy to ensure the safety and security of the elections, the District Security Committee (DISEC) also beefed up security with about 40 military personnel from the 5BN, Burma Camp in Accra and 1BN, Michel Camp, Tema, who were deployed on the outskirts of the town.
The Prampram Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Goadact Dodzi Hlordzi, described the heavy police presence as normal in view of the threat levels ahead of the election and stressed that it was not aimed at intimidating voters. Voting was, however, generally devoid of any incident.
Two civilians who arrived at the polling centre attired in military gear were quickly whisked away by the police personnel.
When all had been said and done, the incumbent NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Mr Sam George, whose mandate was renewed during the primary vowed to extend the margin of victory for the party in the constituency in the 2020 general election.
In a post election interview with the media, Mr George, also known as ‘Dzata’ said his victory was the first in a series of victories for the NDC.
"Together with my brother, Mr Michael Kwetey Tetteh, the focus is to increase the margin of victory between myself and whoever the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will elect next month to a margin of 20,000 votes."
Mr Nartey defeated his contender, Mr Tetteh by a seven vote difference in a fierce contest held at the St. Joseph's Anglican Primary School Park in Prampram. Certified results declared by Mr Charles Botchey Jnr., the Electoral Commission (EC) official, gave Mr George 407 votes as against 400 votes obtained by Mr Tetteh. Two ballots were rejected.
A total of 809 delegates from 89 out of the 93 branches took part in the election.
Both candidates were literally sitting on tenterhooks throughout the election process and the winner was only able to heave a sigh of relief after his collated results were disclosed to him by his polling agent.
Mr George who was in a brownish puffy long sleeve shirt quickly went to his vehicle and changed into a white hooded top with the inscription "JDM for President".
He then walked to his contender, who was in a white smock, gave him a handshake and the two were locked in an embrace for close to three minutes as a sign of unity.
Mr George commended his contender for a keenly contested primary, emphasing that with the election over, it was time for all sides to come together to unseat the NPP from government.
"The vision is to kick out the NPP government and bring John Dramani Mahama back to the Flagstaff House on January 7, 2021. That is all that matters to me and that is my next focus," he said.
"For me, the focus remains: Enough of the 1D1F — one day, one fraud, enough of all that. We need a decent government of people who are ready to work and serve this country. That is what I am focused on doing and I know my brother, Mr Michael Kwetey Tetteh, will join me," he said
Mr Tetteh for his part congratulated Mr George on his victory and also commended the delegates for their choice.
He said although he put in his best, the delegates thought otherwise and he respected that.
According to him, his next line of action will be to do everything possible to increase the votes of the NDC in the constituency to ensure victory for the party, come 2020.