The 2016 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured members and sympathisers of the party, as well as the Ghanaian electorate, that the NPP is in good shape and ready for this year’s general election.
Outlining a number of measures put in place to ensure that the party is ready to wrest power from the Mahama government, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that the party currently had in place “elected polling station, constituency and regional officers, working to ensure that we win the election. The morale of these grass-roots activists and volunteers is extremely high and spirited”.
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered an address at the Election Bridge Africa Conference last Monday, an event organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Accra. The event brought together experts from sub-Saharan Africa and Germany to build a bridge between players in modern political communication, and provide a forum to share ideas, practices and successes.
Addressing participants in the conference, the NPP flag bearer stated that with the Manhyia North and Kwesimintsim as the only two constituencies yet to have their parliamentary primaries, the party’s process towards Election 2016 would be completed in the coming weeks.
He added that the party had constituted and inaugurated almost all constituency and regional campaign teams across the country, ensuring that the campaign would be a fully decentralised one, with the grass-roots structures of the party at the polling station, electoral area, constituency and regional levels in the forefront.
“Sector committees have been formed to help in the formulation and dissemination of policies and programmes in their respective areas, as well as contributing to putting together of the party’s manifesto. We will present it in due course to the Ghanaian people, who are yearning for a change in their circumstances,” he added.
He also stated that the NPP, as an opposition party, had been focusing on four main issues in the run-up to the election.
These issues, he said, were “advocating electoral reforms to improve the chances of credible polls; putting the government on its toes in the interest of accountability within the parameters of a constructive opposition; and organising the party at the constituency level for an effective campaign and monitoring of the electoral process from registration, voting, to the declaration of results”.
Additionally, he indicated that “preaching our message of hope and making an increasingly convincing case that, in us, there is a better alternative”, was still very much ongoing.