[ 2012-09-16 ]
Three flag Bearers 'Show Off' In Accra
The Greater Accra Region has been a fierce battle
ground this week for three frontline flag bearers
as they undertake important campaign activities
across the region ahead of the December election.
President John Mahama of the ruling National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Dr
Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party
(PPP) have all taken their messages to the
constituents in the region.
The crowds that have followed the campaign trail
of these flag bearers indicate that the battle to
capture one of the swing regions in the country is
In the 2000 election, the NPP won 16 parliamentary
seat in the Greater Accra Region, while the NDC
managed only six seats.
But whereas the NPP maintained the number of its
parliamentary seats in the region in 2004, the NDC
made significant progress, grabbing 11 seats.
The electoral fortunes of the NPP in the region
plummeted in 2008 as it won only nine
parliamentary seats, while the NDC had good
fortunes winning 16 seats.
President Mahama had been touring parts of the
region on Tuesday and Wednesday on the last leg of
his ‘Thank You Tour’ meant to express gratitude to
the people for commiserating with the government
after the death and funeral of the late President
J. E. A. Mills.
While performing that national duty, he had not
failed to seize the opportunity to draw the
people’s attention to the good works of the
government, particularly under the superintendent
of the late president and called on them to return
the party to power.
For his part, Nana Addo has been touring various
constituencies in Accra to rally support for the
party in the December polls.
The main thrust of the campaign has been a
reinforcement of his promise to provide free
senior high school (SHS) education when elected as
He has also used the opportunity to criticise the
government for what he believes to be a failure to
deliver on the expectations of Ghanaians.
Although the campaign of Dr Nduom has not been as
big as the flag bearers of the two major political
parties, the naming and outdooring of his running
mate on Wednesday was a key event that shook the
foundations of Osu in particular.
Source - Daily Graphic
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