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Politics of Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Let’s finish hard – Hanna Tetteh tells NDC

Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is in pole position to win this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, but members of the party should work hard within these last few days to the polls, Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has said.

According to her, some people from her constituency, where she is contesting as parliamentary candidate – Awutu Senya West – are making “bizarre” analyses of the constituency and urged voters to disregard such analyses.

She said the NDC has always performed well in the constituency and that performance will be seen in this year’s elections.

Ms Tetteh wrote on her Facebook page on Monday November 28: “It is interesting to listen to the political pundits discussing my constituency. Some of the opinions are well-informed, some sound quite bizarre. My recommendation – just be patient and wait for the results from all 119 polling stations in Awutu Senya West to be declared then you'll know the outcome. Just a few facts about the constituency. We have two traditional areas, the Awutu and Senya traditional areas. For this election we have 73,141 registered voters. 26 out of the 119 polling stations are in the Senya traditional area with 16,977 voters, the other 93 polling stations and the rest of the registered voters are in the Awutu traditional area. For the previous six elections, with five of these in the previous larger Awutu Senya constituency, the NPP has won the seat once in 2004 and the NDC has won five times.

“The NDC always performs miserably in the Senya traditional area and barely manages to get 20 per cent of the total votes cast within the registered voters of the Senya traditional area. The NDC wins elections in the constituency with the support of the majority of the registered voters in the Awutu traditional area. The elections are just next week, wait for all 119 polling stations to declare and then we'll see what happens. I know the people of Awutu Senya West appreciate the work the NDC government has done in the constituency and I appreciate the support and goodwill that has been extended to me during this campaign.

“I'm thankful to God for his many blessings and the opportunity to serve the people of my constituency. To my team, let's stay focused, we have just one more week of campaigning ahead. We are in the homestretch; let's finish hard.”