5 December 2012

Ghana: Frontrunners in Friday Polls Hold Mammoth Rallies This Afternoon

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Official campaigning for votes for presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana Friday ends by midnight today.

The parties contending in both the presidential and parliamentary elections have therefore scheduled various activities for the day.

The two leading parties have chosen the national capital Accra for their last rallies which traditionally turns out to be a mammoth gathering of party faithful.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) holds its rally at the International Trade Fair Center from noon till sundown, while the leading opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has pitched camp at the Efua Sutherland Children's Park which is about 30 minutes drive away from its main political rival.

Both rallies are expected to be addressed by the various flagbearers as well as regional and national executives and party stalwarts, to re-echo their commitment to implementing the contents of their manifestoes with the ultimate aim of improving the living conditions of their people.

The other five political parties in the presidential race and the only independent presidential candidate have also rolled out various activities to end a long drawn political campaign.

The flagbearer of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom brought his campaign to a climax with a press conference at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel in Accra where he publicly exhibited his assets declaration forms and tax obligations certificates and dared his opponents to do same as they enter into the elections. He is expected to do a final door-to-door campaign in Accra before relocating to the historic town of Elmina in the Central Region where he expects to cast his vote on Friday.

The flagbearer of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Dr Abu Sakara-Foster left Accra yesterday for Damongo in the Northern Region where he is expected to cast his vote. On his way he has been campaigning in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi and also joined his running mate to further campaign in the Brong Ahafo Region. Deputy Director of Communications for the CPP, Kwame Jantuah told journalists the party's message remains one; "that both NDC and NPP have not helped the country in that they have not applied the nation's resources to good use. Ghanaians must realize that a vote for CPP will make a lot of difference in their lives. Ghana must work again," he stated.

The People's National Convention's Hassan Ayariga will end his campaign in the Upper East capital of Bolgatanga while other parties are also engaged in various campaign activities to canvas support.

Ghana has seen months of vigorous campaigning with all the eight presidential candidates and their running mates trekking the length and breadth of the country with their campaign messages in an effort to convince Ghanaians to put them in charge of administering the country.

Political analysts are of the view that this year's campaign has been less acrimonious relative to previous ones as the protagonists have dueled more on issues than verbal attacks on political opponents.

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