The National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has revealed that the party will release its manifesto a month after the campaign launch which is scheduled for Sunday, August 14.
“…We will roll out our manifesto in less than a month after the launch,” stated Mr. Adams, who is also the NDC’s campaign coordinator in the forthcoming elections.
Speaking on Accra-based Class FM Friday, Adams added that the policy document is ready and being printed. He said another event will be fixed “…just as we did in 2004, 2008 and 2012 to launch our manifesto”.
The opposition New Patriotic Party has said it is delaying its manifesto launch because it fears the NDC plagiarizing it. The delay according to its Director of Elections, Peter Mac Manu was informed by what occurred in 2008 when the party believes its manifesto was modified and adopted by the NDC.
“We cannot sit down and repeat that same [mistake we did in the 2008] thing in 2016” he said.
The party’s acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay also told Kumasi based Ultimate FM “...We don’t think it’s too late to launch our manifesto, we have had an experience where our opponent, particularly the NDC which by itself, might not have had or thought of itself some ideas or policy immediately we come out, that early, before we realise, they take it, compare, and then take a few things out from it, and make it their own, we don’t want them to do that, we won’t give them that opportunity".
“When we launch it, it will not be possible for them to take a few things from it. Nana Addo and Bawumia are not saying anything that has not been discussed," he added.
Rejecting the NPP’s allegations, Mr. Adams said it is only somebody “...who is so weak, who has no idea, who is not focus that will be putting up this kind of excuses.”
He said the NPP is rather waiting for the NDC to launch its policies so “they will pick up and go and do theirs”, adding that anytime the NPP talks, it means they are going to do the opposite.