The Greater Accra Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has vowed to improve on its performance and secure more seats for the party in the 2020 general election.
The party currently holds 21 out of the 34 parliamentary seats in the region. Going into next year’s elections, leaders of the NPP in Greater Accra have indicated their commitment to putting in place measures to keep the party’s dominance in both the presidential and parliamentary elections in the region.
Speaking to journalists at Tutu in the Akuapim North District in the Eastern Region on Saturday, October 19, 2019 after a two-day retreat for constituency chairmen in Greater Accra, the spokesperson for the chairmen, Mr Charles Boateng, said the party had mapped out several strategies to help the party retain power in 2020.
The retreat which was on the theme; “safeguarding our electoral fortunes for elections 2020, the role of constituency chairmen” brought together all constituency chairpersons in the region, NPP Members of Parliament, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives as well as Greater Accra Regional Executives of the party.
Mr Boateng who is also the Tema Central Constituency Chairman of the NPP, explained that the meeting was to review the performance of the party in the past general election and to formulate strategies to ensure that the NPP remained the dominant political party in the Greater Accra Region.
“We have a mission to maximise our votes in the Greater Accra Region and this will demand hard work to ensure that if for nothing at all, we maintain the 21 seats currently occupied by the NPP,” he said.
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Divine Otoo Agorhom, commended the constituency chairpersons for reviewing the party’s past performance and formulating plans to ensure victory in future polls.
He stressed the need for unity in the party and called on the constituency chairpersons to build on the structures they have inherited to ensure a strong party capable of winning elections beyond the two-term cycle.
On the pending referendum on whether or not metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) should be elected on a partisan basis, Mr Agorhom urged the rank and file of the party to campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote to allow for political participation in local level elections.
Such a move, he said, would lead to inclusive governance at the local level.
Also, he said a massive turnout for a “Yes “ vote would be an endorsement of one of the party’s key manifesto promises.