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Politics of Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

PPP organises for 2016 polls

The Progressive People's Party, as part of its comprehensive programme to beef up its support base, has organised a workshop for its members and executive in the Central Region.

The workshop, which was held at Elmina last Saturday, was attended by the 2012 Presidential candidate, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, national executives, regional executives, constituency chairmen and former parliamentary candidates in the Central Region.

According to the National Secretary of the party, Mr Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, the Central Region meeting was the first in a series of regional meetings to be organised by the party’s national officers to discuss grass-roots organisation and educate members on the party’s position on a number of national issues.

The Director of Operations of the party, Nana Ofori Owusu, stated that the party had discontinued the printing of T-shirts for its members.

Members were, therefore encouraged to wear the red & white colours of the party for meetings and other party programmes, Mr Asamoah-Siaw stated.

He said the time had come for the party to do things differently from other political parties and desist from using material things to win votes or political power.

The National Treasurer, Mr Felix Ograh, advised party faithful to demonstrate commitment and make sacrifices by paying their GH¢ 1 monthly dues to help support the activities of the party.

He said, "it is by this practice that we can call ourselves ardent members of the party and become stakeholders of the party”.

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, addressing the members, stressed the need for constituency executives to, as a matter of urgency, start polling station organisation and recruit more people into the party.

He further stated that the PPP did not come for just one campaign year but had come to stay, unlike some political parties that have had their flames distinguished after just one election campaign.

He suggested that even though the party was born in 2012, it was able to beat other existing parties by becoming the third largest political party and the second biggest opposition party in Ghana.

"We beat those we came to meet on the political scene, demonstrating our seriousness and sense of purpose," he said.

He advised party executives and former parliamentary candidates not to wait till 2016 but to start a vigorous campaign now so that they could get more people to vote for them.

The party indicated it would complete constituency elections by November, 2013, regional elections by December, 2013 and hold its National Convention by March, 2014.

Also present at the meeting were the regional chairman, Mr Edu Ansah, regional vice chairman, Godfred Kwasi Arthur Yarkwa, the regional organiser, Mr Kwame Quayson, the regional youth organiser, Mr Kwadwo Aduamoah, the chairman of Parliamentary Group, Mr Prince Okyere, and the youth co-ordinator, Mr Divine Nkrumah.