20 December 2012

Ghana: Kokofu, Mama Pat Dazzle

Kumasi — Two freshly elected members of Parliament (MPs) of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kumasi have promised to work hard to justify the trust and confidence reposed in them by their constituents.

The MPs-elect for the Bantama and the Asokwa constituencies, Henry Kwabena Kokofu and Madam Patricia Appiagyei, aka Mama Pat, have pledged in separate interviews to work in the interest of the NPP, and that of the people who elected them into the august house when sittings begin early next year.

The two are among new faces which will be seen in the legislation house, after chalking what can be described as unprecedented feats in their respective constituencies, in the recently held elections.

Both the Bantama and the Asokwa constituencies came top in terms of voting figures attained in both the presidential and parliamentary results as far as the opposition party was concerned.

At the Bantama constituency, the NPP presidential candidate obtained 49,493, representing 83.5 percent, whilst the MP-elect, Kokofu, also secured 49,054, representing 83 percent of the total votes cast.

The results, according to statistics, were massive improvements upon the previous two elections, particularly, since Kwadaso and Nhyiaeso were decoupled from the constituency.

In the Asokwa constituency, Mama Pat obtained 64,904, representing 83.43 percent of the total votes, whilst Nana Akufo-Addo secured 52,960, representing 77.88 percent of the votes.

Attributing the successes largely to hard work, intensive campaigns and scrutiny before, during and after the elections, the two freshers say they hope to transform such outstanding results into performance in the house, in order to meet the expectations of their constituents.

Kokofu told The Chronicle in an interview that his initial target was to achieve a maximum of 90 percent of total votes cast during the election, but was content with the 83.5 percent, taking into consideration the fact that some people failed to cast their votes, whilst others had their ballots rejected.

According to him, he and his executives had a sense of how the ruling party intended to manipulate the elections in the constituency, "so we mapped out strategies against that.

"For instance, I was a collation officer for the NPP during the counting, and so I made sure every vote for the party was counted; we also divided the constituency into sub collation centres, and so it was easy for us effectively count votes in all polling centres," he explained.

The MP-elect said he was very grateful to the supporters and executives of the party whose vigilance and dedication ensured the success.

He, therefore, pledged that he would work assiduously to fulfill his campaign promises.

Mama Pat, on her part, said youth mobilisation and door-to-door campaigns were the secrets of the success story in the Asokwa constituency.

"I made sure that there was consistent campaigning in the constituency, and so people bought into the programmes and policies of the NPP," she explained.

She, therefore, promised to pursue her campaign programmes of improving youth development and education in the constituency.

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