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General News of Saturday, 8 November 2008

Source: GNA

NDC supporters urged to be vigilant on voting day

Accra, Nov. 8, GNA - Former President Jerry John Rawlins on Saturday urged supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be vigilant on voting day in order not to allow the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rig the election.

"In 2004, when suffering by the masses was about to end as the NDC was about to win the election, we relaxed and allowed NPP to rig the election. It is the same situation in the run up to this year's election and we need not repeat that mistake" He was addressing supporters of the party at a rally in the Odododiodio constituency to introduce the party's parliamentary candidates in the Greater Accra Region to the electorate. Former President Rawlings said from 1992 to 2000, the NDC organised free and fair elections when it was in office but the NPP does not believe in the conduct of transparent elections. "The lust for power and greed by the NPP is creating a lot of pain in society. God has played His role already so it is left to us to ensure that the will of God comes to pass." "There is hope for a change of government and God has given us the wisdom to effect that change. Americans have fought for a change even though they do not experience a quarter of the economic hardships we are facing in this country. Voting for the NPP means leading the country to destruction," he said.

"Immediately the NDC left office and they came to power, there was an increase in school fees but they are now saying education is free. You already know about the Ga lands and the way they are grabbing them," he said. Former President Rawlings said before the NDC left office it had connected about 95 percent of communities to the national grid but the NPP has failed to expand these electrification projects. He urged the electorate to judge both the NDC and NPP in order to make the right choice in the December election. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Former First lady, said the NPP's slogan of "Moving Forward" was a clear indication that the party was going to increase the economic hardships it has already inflicted on Ghanaians if voted into power. Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of NDC, said the nation required quality leaders who could implement the manifesto of the party in order to save the masses from suffering. Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, National Organiser of NDC, said the party would recruit competent polling agents to ensure vigilance in all the 22,000 polling stations. Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, said the party would win all the 27 seats in the Greater Accra Region.

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