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Politics of Thursday, 5 May 2011

Source: GNA

NPP could increase percentage votes in Volta Region

Ho, May 5, GNA - Mr King-David Norgbe, Ziavi-Klefe Ward Coordinator of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has blamed the consistent marginal performance of the Party in the Volta Region to large numbers of uncommitted people 93who manage" to get into the structures of the Party.

He alleged that instead of painstakingly searching for consensual supporters, some polling station executives only furtively look round themselves and contrive to fill in positions within the structures with friends and relatives. Mr Norgbe was speaking to the GNA on the sidelines of the Ho-Central Constituency primaries of the NPP in Ho at the weekend which elected Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Medical Director of the Miracle Life Clinic.

He said the prime motivation appeared to be 93small monies paid at meetings, conferences and Party functions." Mr Norgbe said covetousness was the push for many to enter politics and therefore into the NPP. "If I fix a friend, son or daughter in the executives somewhere, they bring the gains in several folds," Mr Norgbe said. He said this practice explained rampant occurrence of siblings forming polling station executives in certain areas of the region, even if they had no Party cards.

Mr Norgbe called on the National Executives to devise ways to circumvent these drawbacks in Party organization in the region to enable the NPP expand its base. He said if every polling station executive would vote for the NPP in elections, the Party should be getting far more votes in the Volta Region than the seven and 15 percent it had so far managed to get in previous elections.

Mr Norgbe conceded that it was not easy working for the NPP in a region which is a strong hold of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) but stressed that good organization could make a big difference in the fortunes of the Party in the region. He said communication and interaction within and across Party structures should be fluid and purposeful to empower Party activists to spread the message.