NDC Candidate Missing
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast, Lawyer Ebo Barton Odro, was missing in action at the parliamentary candidate´s debate organized by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) at Cape Coast on Monday. No reason was however given, as at the time of starting the program at 11pm. The debate formed part of the CDD´s efforts to entrench democracy at the constituency level in order to help voters make choices based on their assessment of the candidates and their programs. The CDD is expected to hold the debate in 30 constituencies throughout the country before the December 7 general elections.
Speaking at the debate, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Ato Amponsah Dadzie, who set the ball rolling, touched on his plans for the physically challenges in the area. He disclosed that he intends paying physically challenged persons in the area every month to curb the situation where they sit on the roadside to beg. He contended that he was not ready to make empty promises which he cannot fulfil but will do everything possible to improve on the living standards of the people in the area.
The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) cadidate, Joel Eshun, stated that he would introduce a National Youth Policy where the youth in the area would have a say in critical issues bothering the area. On corruption, he said both the NPP and the NDC did not perform well in terms of corruption and that when given the nod, he would institute an independent body that would prosecute corrupt officials.
An independent candidate, Mr. Ato Aidoo Nyanor, speaking on education, hinted that when elected as MP he would expand infrastructure in schools in the area as well as institute an educational fund to assist needy but brilliant students in the area. He emphasized the need to add value to raw materials in the area to reduce unemployment in the area.
The CPP candidate, Mr. Kweku Sagoe, said he would set up youth activity centre in Cape Coast to mobilize the youth for development, adding that he would also create jobs for the youth through the centre. Most of the people Daily Guide spoke to after the programme commended CDD for the initiative, adding that the programme would help them identify those who have good policies and programmes to help the people they represent.
Source: Daily Guide, Tuesday November 25th 2008, No. 279/08