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General News of Monday, 20 November 2000

Source: GNA

"We will call for public disobedience if..." – Darko

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate for Ga North, Mr S. O. Darko, on Sunday said the party would call for national disobedience "if the election is not free and fair".

"We are for peace but when we speak, then they are for war", Mr Darko declared at a forum organised by the Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Madina in Accra.

The forum was to enable the six candidates for the constituency to explain their policies and programmes to the electorate.

Mr Darko, who is the incumbent said the party's decision to collate its own results is to enable it to ascertain the true election results as would be declared by the Electoral Commission.

"If the results should prove otherwise then we would call for the Ivorian type of people's power," he said.

On the District Assembly Common Fund, Mr Darko said the Local Government Act makes the MP redundant in his or her constituency, "as the development of the district is the responsibility of District Chief Executive (DCE)".

He said the situation where the MP is not directly involved in the provision of amenities has rather created more problems and called for the abolishing of the MP's share of the common fund.

Mr Darko mention communities such as Tafia, Abokobi, Dome and New Achimota and the Madina Estate JSS as some of the beneficiaries of his share of the fund.

Mr Ibrahim Holison of the National Reform Party (NRP) said a government of the party and the community would collectively address problems.

He said the NRP would organise the youth and strengthen existing institutions to perform for the benefit of all irrespective of party affiliation.

The candidate urged the electorate to discard the notion that development and other social responsibilities is the preserve of the government.

Mr Holison advocated an increment in the MP's share of the Common Fund to enable the "people's representative" undertake more development projects to enhance the living standard of the people.

Mr Charles Aseidu of the CPP said the manifesto of the party is based on unity for community-initiated development.

He said resources would be shared equally for the enhancement of living conditions.

Mr Daniel Azumah of the PNC said the common fund is a political weapon of the ruling government and said the party would streamline its operations to benefit all communities.

The candidates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and United Ghana Movement (UGM) failed to attend while Mr Darko left halfway to the displeasure of the audience.