The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has held a virtual meeting with the regional chairmen of the party and urged them to work hard for victory in the December polls.
During the maiden new normal meeting via Zoom, the chairman heard from the chairpersons updates on the ongoing voter registration exercise.
In his report which entailed measures to ensure vigilance at the centres, the Volta Regional Chairman, Makafui Kofi Woanya, expressed concern about the efforts of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to smuggle Togolese to partake in the exercise.
He nonetheless commended efforts of the security agents in stemming the illegalities, adding that the opposition NDC would not be able to manipulate the electoral roll as it did in previous times.
He gave an assurance that with the development projects being undertaken by President Akufo-Addo, the regional executives would work hard to secure three parliamentary seats for the party in December.
On his part, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Divine A. Otoo, could not hide his excitement about the over 1.5 million voters registered in the region, adding that but for a few areas where the NDC sought to foment chaos, all had been well.
He acknowledged the role of the security agents in maintaining law and order.
The remaining regional chairmen each took their turn to brief the National Chairman about the situation in their areas.
The Upper East Regional Chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Regional Chairmen’s Caucus, Lawyer Anthony Namoo, expressed gratitude to the party supporters whose contributions in the ongoing registration exercise had been valuable.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, was the toast of the regional chairmen whose areas border the Ashanti Region.
Chairman Wontumi, according to them, offered them the necessary financial and logistical support which facilitated their monitoring of the process alongside vigilance.
The National Party Office also received kudos from the regional chairmen for its invaluable role.
An elated Freddie Blay told his virtual guests, “I am deeply touched by the amount of sacrifices being made by all of you in galvanizing the party’s grassroots and providing some assistance to qualified Ghanaian citizens in undertaking their constitutional right to register and vote in the December 2020 general election.”
He recognized their efforts in ensuring that the country goes into the December polls with a credible register.
“I am equally encouraged by the cooperation you continue to offer agencies of state in realizing the main purpose for which the nation is embarking on compiling a new voters’ register,” he pointed out, urging the chairmen to worker harder for an enhanced interest in the registration exercise which has barely three weeks to be completed.
The virtual meeting comes on the heels of the Chief of Staff and the call by the National Office for reconciliation among successful contestants and their opposite counterparts during the parliamentary primaries.
While acknowledging the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, he was quick to add that the fight against the disease had been very well sustained and managed by the Akufo-Addo administration.
By A.R. Gomda