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Politics Sun, 6 Sep 2009

NDC picks candidate for Chereponi by-election

Chereponi (NR), Sept. 6, GNA - Mr. Samuel Abulai Jabanyiti, a 36-year-old Teacher at the Chereponi Senior High School in the Northern Region, has been elected by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to contest the Chereponi Parliamentary Seat. Mr. Jabanyiti polled 117 votes to beat three contestants to win the primary election organised by the NDC and conducted by the Electoral Commission at Chereponi. His closest rival, Mr. Emmanuel Kando, a Presiding Member of the Chereponi District Assembly and a health worker had nine votes, Madam Mary Nakobu; a teacher polled four votes, while Mr. Jaminja Ndaka got two votes. Mr. Jabanyiti expressed optimism that the NDC would wrestle the seat from the NPP saying: "The wind of change swinging everywhere is an indication that


the people of Chereponi would want to be associated with the ruling party for


effective development planning for the constituency." He said when given the nod, his priority attention would be the


improvement of agriculture and education to raise the living standards of the


people. Mr. Jabanyiti said 80 per cent of his share of the MP's Common fund would be channelled to scholarships to students and teachers in the constituency. He appealed to the constituents to vote wisely for the NDC to complete its

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"I care for you" development agenda. Mr. Jabanyiti appealed to the rank and file of the party to see his victory as


a challenge to the unity of the NDC and should discard ethnic politics since


Chereponi is bigger than any ethnic co0nsideration. Mr. Kando assured the party of the unflinching support of the defeated


candidates to ensure that the seat is won by the NDC. He said there would be team work to ensure massive victory for the party


and appealed for a clean campaign devoid of insults so that the by-election

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was devoid of violence. The seat became vacant following the death of Mrs Doris Seidu, Member


of Parliament for the main opposition New Patriotic Party at the Korle-bu


Teaching Hospital in Accra in July. 06 Sept. 09

Source: GNA