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Politics of Monday, 26 September 2016

Source: adomonline.com

Volta Region is an emerging market for NPP - Volta Regional Secretary

Volta Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described the region as an emerging market of votes for the party.

Joseph Hormenya speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday said, the party has put in place various strategies which would make the party garner more votes to make Nana Addo the President of Ghana.

“I can promise you that the Volta Region is an emerging market in Ghana…we have good strategies in place, we have done our calculation and put in place measures to get 30% of valid votes in the presidential…I can assure that the region is an emerging market for NPP…,” he said.

Since 1992 when the country returned to democratic rule, the NPP has not won more than 15% of valid votes cast in the region in a national election.

In 2012, the NPP recorded 12.93% of valid votes cast in the presidential as against the NDC’s 85.47%.

The party also failed to win a Parliamentary seat in the region.

But Hormeya insisted the record would not repeat itself in the December polls as the party has been seriously working to get its 3/30 agenda materialized.

The 3/30 agenda, he explained include winning at least up to 3 seats. He would however not disclose the particular seats targeted by the party.
Strategies to attaining their aim, he said include ensuring that only the right persons cast a vote in the poll.

Hormenya also described the leadership of the NDC in the region as ‘lazy persons’ who are taking the people of the region for granted due to the belief that voltarians would vote for the NDC party always.

But this tag he said is over and would never happen in the December election as the region has been neglected by the Mahama administration.

Reacting to the comments, the NDC Chairman for the Volta Region, John Cudjoe Gyapong said the opinion of the NPP regional scribe was just a mirage as his party is fully working to ‘secure the region’ and its votes.

“I am telling them, they won’t get the 30%...you got 12% and you want to triple it, is it scientific….I can assure they won’t get that…they will even lose 5%...maybe they will get 8% because we want to give John Mahama gap 1million and that is achievable because we have registered more Voltarians…,” he said.

He pledged that the ‘highest they (NPP) can go is to win 8% of valid votes cast. The NPP, he added would not win a single seat in the December polls.