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General News of Sunday, 17 February 2008

Source: GNA

Decentralization crucial to elections at primaries-Ntow

Accra, Feb 17, GNA- Nana Ohene Ntow, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Sunday said decentralization of elections at the primary level in the country ensured extensive participation of the people.

He explained that even though at that stage, procedures only concerned respective political parties, each respective winner had the potential of becoming president of the entire nation.

Nana Ntow was speaking at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, on arrival from the U.S, where he had been upon the invitation of the U.S State Department to observe political elections at the primaries level in that country.

Concerning the experiences he gained during the two-week visit, Nana Ntow said in the US, electing candidates at the primary level was as much a national as a party issue.

He noted that in U.S, the county or district absolutely determined the procedures for the elections adding that the Election Registration Authority only served as a guide concerning primary elections in that country.

Nana Ntow noted that decentralization, so far as elections at the primaries level was concerned, was so extensive that it ensured a broad level of participation as possible.

The NPP General Secretary said he admired the ease with which various supporters of different candidates displayed placards of their respective candidates while still together without any mis-understanding in the U.S.

Nana Ntow said it was a well accepted fact in that country that every one had a right to support candidate of his or her choice, adding that such understanding and unity was worth emulating.

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