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General News of Thursday, 1 January 2009

Source: jfm

NPP supporters in Tain refuse to vote

Supporters of the NPP are demonstrating in the Tain Constituency where elections are scheduled for tomorrow January 2 to determine who Ghana’s next president is.

The demonstrators say they want the Electoral Commission to cancel the election in the constituency.

The elections in the Tain Constituency was not conducted on December 28, as the rest of the country as a result of late arrival of electoral materials.

But the conduct of the election in the Constituency was necessitated by the closeness of the race between Prof. Mills and Nana Akufo-Addo.

But the NPP supporters now say they will not vote calling on the EC to cancel the election.

Meanwhile the NDC is moving from door-to-door canvassing for votes. The leaders of the party in the persons of Prof. Mills, former president Rawlings and Mr. John Mahama are scrambling for whatever votes they can garner to seal the deal.

The NDC’s flag-bearer, Prof. Mills obtained 4, 501, 466 representing 50.13, which would have won him the election but the Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Afari-Gyan, said the race was so close that the result of Tain is necessary to determine the eventual winner.

The NPP’s candidate, Nana Addo has some catching up to with a deficit of 23, 055 votes.

To win, he needs to cover that difference and then obtain more votes than Prof. Mills.

The NDC on the other hand which is in an advantageous position, and sure of winning is campaigning feverishly to complete what begun years ago.