The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) will restore the hopes of Ghanaians when voted to power in the 2016 elections. According to the party, the hopes of many Ghanaians for better living standards had been dwindling under the two dominant parties -the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and it was therefore working aggressively to win parliamentary seats and make a huge impact on the presidential elections in the 2016 elections to hold the balance of power.
As part of the strategy, the party has completed a tour of six regions to canvass for support for its campaign and is engaged in consultations with the people for that.
The tour, dubbed ‘’Awake and vote for Change’’ took the party to the Central, Volta, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern and the Upper East regions.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the National Chairman of the party, Nii Brew Hammond, said the party would continue its tour with a visit to the Upper East Region and wind up in the Western Region, where it would hold its national convention on Saturday, October 30, to elect, a new executive to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
Nii Hammond described the tour as very successful considering the encouraging response from the people, especially in the South Dayi and the Biakoye Constituencies in the Volta Region.
He said the PPP believed that Ghanaians could do away with the dominance of the NDC and the NPP which had run the economy of the country down.
The national chairman said instead of addressing critical issues of challenges of the economy such as education, health, job creation, provision of potable water, housing and improving the living conditions of the people, what the two parties had been doing was hurling insults at each other to the distaste of the people who voted for them to serve their interest.
“This is the time to awake and vote for change and peace”, Nii Hammond stated, adding that a PPP-led government would provide micro-credit facilities for Ghanaian entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create jobs and wealth to reduce the excruciating poverty facing the ordinary Ghanaian at the moment”.
He said the party would endeavour to let the people to understand that their needs would be met instead of unfulfilled promises and deception.
Nii Hammond said the country was endowed with enough resources and that each district had a unique resource to create jobs for its people instead of making its youth to migrate to the urban areas for non-existing jobs.
He said even though the party was fairly new, it had been contributing significantly towards the democratic governance of the country by calling for effective decentralisation, election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, separation of powers and electoral reforms among others.
Credible voters register
On a credible voters register, the national chairman said the party had made its position clear by calling for an effective national identification data base to enable qualified Ghanaians to register.
The National Secretary, Mr Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, who buttressed the point, said a previous voter identity card could not serve as guarantee for the age and citizenship of the bearers and therefore called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to create an authentic identification system by strengthening the National Identification Authority to collate an effective data base to serve as guidelines for registration for voting.
Mr Asamoah-Siaw further urged the EC to manage elections in such a way to reduce the burden on political parties. According to him, electronic voting could reduce the cost of printing ballot papers and the hiring of agents by political parties to man polling stations now that the EC had expanded the number of polling stations.
The National Women’s Organiser, Ms Belinda Bulley, advised Ghanaians to chart a defining course in their political thinking and analysis and look for an alternative government that would provide their needs and serve their interests.