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General News of Sunday, 12 June 2011

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Only CPP will deliver the change Ghana needs

The Convention People’s Party (CPP), after a careful analysis of the state of affairs of the nation, especially the failure of successive governments to bring the economy back home and make jobs available to the Ghanaian people, has come to the conclusion that, it is only the CPP that will bring the real change Ghana needs. There is overwhelming evidence that the two “old” parties NDC and NPP will never deliver the change that Ghanaians need because that change also requires a change in the political system; a system that allows only the NDC and NPP to alternate political power to the detriment of the entire nation.

The NDC and NPP system of economic management for the past two decades has led to economic stagnation, unemployment, poverty, destitution, neglect and the people’s anger against politicians. In 2008 when Ghanaians were presented with the opportunity to change, the political system created by the NDC and NPP prevented the change Ghana needs. In 2008, there was a massive Vote buying scheme through the distribution of cash to people living in abject poverty who had not seem cash nor employment in many years. The cash was distributed under the so called Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme. Other schemes of vote buying included the distribution of cash by the Micro-Finance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC). These monies are distributed to party activists from the polling station to the national level as a form of incentive to get the activists work to maintain the NDC and NPP in power.

Another vote buying scheme is the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) where priority of job placement is given to members of the party in power. For instance, as soon as the NDC came into office in 2009, all the NYEP coordinators appointed under the NPP administration were removed. Even the colour of the working gear worn by NYEP employees, was change to from yellow to blue; to clearly distinguish between the NDC and NPP times of opportunity. Now known as “Chop Chop time” among political party activists. What about the majority who are not NDC or NPP members?

In the year 2000, when NDC was in power the NPP campaigned for change. In the eight years that they (NPP) ruled the country (2000 to 2008), they kept things the way they were under NDC and in many cases made things more difficult for the ordinary Ghanaian, under the property owning democracy system of economic management. How people could own property, under a property owning democracy, without employment and savings defies all economic principles.

In 2008, the NDC in opposition campaigned for change to deliver a better Ghana. After close to three years in power it is clear the better Ghana will never materialize. Ghanaians are living in a bitter Ghana.

As we approach the 2012 elections we are hearing from the opposition NPP camp, a call for change. How long will they fool Ghanaians with change? The CPP believes it is time for Ghanaians to ask the question; Change to what? Even though the NPP say they want change, the evidence point to something else. They want to keep things the way they are because it will give them the opportunity to rule Ghana again.

The CPP wishes to remind Ghanaians again, that there is a better alternative in the CPP. There is a better system of governance we can give our selves through the ballot box in 2012. A truly better Ghana for our children and children's children, if we vote CPP. The evidence points to only one fact; that it is only the CPP that has the vision, strategy, ambition, energy, attitude and skill to deliver the real change Ghana needs. Real change will never come from the NDC and NPP because; they can not change the status quo keeps them in power.


William Dowokpor, Director of Communications, CPP.