6 December 2012

Ghana: Gargantuan Rallies Bring Accra to a Standstill

The two major political parties yesterday rounded up their political campaigns with mammoth rallies ahead of the crucial general election on Friday.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) chose the Accra International Trade Fair Centre as venue, while the New Patriotic Party held its rally at the Efua Sutherland Children's Park.

At the Afua Sutherland Park, the NPP's Nana - Addo reiterated his resolve to transform the economy of the country when voted into power.

According to him, the time has come for that all important decision to deliver the destiny of Ghana from the gross mismanagement of the Mahama led NDC administration.

He said, instead of transforming the economy of this country, the NDC has resorted to enrich themselves, leaving the masses to wallow in abject poverty.

Nana Addo reiterated his resolve to transform the economy through empowering Ghanaians through education. He encouraged all Ghanaians to go out massively and vote for the NPP on Friday.

The NPP running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also stated that what the NDC had succeeded in doing over the past three years in government is to give Ghanaians a bitter Ghana.

He noted that during 19 years of PNDC/NDC rule, the Ghanaian economy grew by GH¢ 4 billion, but after 8 yrs of NPP administration, it was moved to GH¢30billion. "This is the difference," he said.

According to him, the NPP introduced programmes such as National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Youth Employment Programme, and moved from a HIPIC low income economy, adding that with the oil, the vision of the NPP to provide free SHS is possible.

He, however, asked that Ghanaians reject the NDC on December 7, to change the future of the nation.

At the Accra International Trade Fair, the NDC candidate, President John Mahama called for vigilance of all on the day of elections, as the polls are either won or lost on the day of the elections itself. "We must police the poll and be vigilant," he noted.

To him, if the election is peaceful and all abide by the rules, NDC will win the elections. He was emphatic on the fact that the opposition is desperate for power, knowing that it stands no chance in 2016.

"With the work we have done in four years, our opponents think if we are given another four years they cannot come to power in 2016 and are, therefore, desperate. It is not the time to talk policy. Our education programme is solid".

The Chairman of the NDC, Dr. Kwabena Adjei also called for vigilance during the polls on Friday.

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