13 November 2012

Ghana: NDC MP Doesn't Know Name of His Constituency

The Leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which spear-headed the creation of the Akuapem South Constituency with its headquarters at Aburi, as part of the creation of the controversial 45 new seats, appears to be ignorant about the name of their new creation.

Mr. Ntow Boahene, who has abdicated from his official duty as Ghana's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, and set up camp in the new constituency, in a frantic effort to go to Parliament, apparently does not even know the name of the constituency he is working himself into frenzy to represent.

At the official launch of his campaign at Aburi at the week-end, the NDC candidate began on a false note. All references he made on the platform and literature outlining his campaign strategy as Aburi Constituency.

As a matter of fact, the new Constituency is known in the books of the Electoral Commission as Akuapem South.

To the amazement of the party faithful and other invited guests, who thronged the forecourt of the Omanhene's Palace, to be living witnesses to the launch by the NDC top officials of the party, who addressed the gathering kept referring to the new constituency as Aburi.

They were confused between a non existing 'Aburi Constituency' and the newly created Akuapem South Constituency, which was coined from the existing Aburi-Nsawam Constituency by the controversial C.I.78, initiated by the NDC and which matured into law on October 2, 2012.

The other constituency, carved from the Aburi-Nsawam constituency, is Nsawam-Adoagyiri, with Nsawam as the headquarters.

Interestingly, Mr. Boahene had all his posters and banners, including those of him with President John Mahama appealing to voters to vote for him as their "Parliamentary Candidate for Aburi Constituency."

From hindsight, one would have thought that the blunder was perhaps, influenced by the candidate's zeal in attempting to woo the electorates of Aburi to vote for him, and the NDC and would correct it on a bigger platform, as was presented to him last Saturday.

That did not materialized as Mr. Boahene kept exposing his ignorance about the newly created Akuapem South Constituency.

Surprisingly, some big wigs of the NDC, including the Minister of Local Government & Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, former Minister of Local Government & Rural Development, Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, a local government expert, and the Eastern Regional Minister, Victor Emmanuel Smith, who should have had the names of the newly created constituencies at their fingertips, and should have corrected the blunder sat unconcerned.

A source at the Electoral Commission (EC) told the paper that the EC also made a similar mistake, but was corrected by the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. O.B. Amoah, who is also contesting the Akuapem South seat, when he presented his nomination forms.

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