The Ashanti Regional branch of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has vowed to take at least five parliamentary seats from the region during the 2016 general election.
As part of the measures, the regional members, led by its Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Gado, has started polling station sensitisation programmes and membership drive.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic at the party’s Kumasi office, the Regional Secretary, Mr Abdul Salam noted that the election of Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet as the flag bearer had brought some enthusiasm among a lot of the youth and the elders, thus spurring them on to offer their support to the party.
When asked to mention five of the constituencies the party hoped to annex, he said they had kept those constituencies to themselves and that Ghanaians would be surprised when the votes were counted.
House to house
Explaining the polling station visits, he said the regional executive moved from one house to another selling the message of the CPP, which centred on providing opportunities for all through quality and affordable education and accessible healthcare.
He said the recent party posters with telephone numbers on them for contacts which had been pasted around town had received marvellous attention and responses from numerous Ghanaians who wanted to be active members of the CPP.
Mr Salam said such interested people were always directed to their constituency executive members where they were given forms to fill and assisted to spread the message of hope for the party and also mobilise others.
CPP opened parliamentary nominations early this month and the exercise is expected to be closed at the end of the month. So far, 70 party members have picked forms to contest for the 47 parliamentary slots in the region.
Each nomination form is sold at GH¢500 and the filing fee costs GH¢2,000. But according to Mr Salim, although the previous nomination forms had been free, the interest was not like this year’s which had attracted costs, explaining that it was an indication of the willingness of more members to win seats for the party.
He expressed great delight at the increasing number of voluntary youth groups that are springing up all in the name of the party’s flag bearer and added that, “These are some of the indications that if we really work hard, our fortunes will change for the better.”
He said in recent times, the youth from other areas in the region had been calling on the regional executive to inaugurate such groups mostly called “Green Revolution” to mobilise support for the party and educate Ghanaians.