High Stakes Ahead Of NDC Primaries

There are high stakes especially for new entrants in the political landscape as the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) goes to the polls tomorrow to elect its Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates ahead of the General Elections in 2016.

This is the first time; the ruling party is adopting the expanded Electoral College in conducting primaries in order to allow over 2 million party supporters take part  electing its candidate for the respective constituencies since 1992.

As at about noon on Friday, most candidates in constituencies throughout out the country were busily firming up their campaigns to ensure that deluges mostly members of the party entrust their mandate to them at the close of polls on Saturday.

In view of the huge numbers of voters to take part in the exercise, aspirants have had to intensify campaigns at various levels to ensure that their popularity is boosted to make them the preferred choices of constituencies.

Pockets of heated confrontations between supporters of some candidates have already been recorded at certain constituencies including the Tamale Central giving election watchers a foretaste of what to expect ob Saturday.

As a result, the police have identified about 69 flash points and hinted they will concentrate in providing a maximum security during the exercise.

According to Police, the Eastern Region has 6 flash points, Brong-Ahafo Region – 5, Volta Region – 9, Central Region – 3, Ashanti Region – 6, Northern Region – 7, Upper East Region – 5, Upper West – 6, Western Region – 7 and Greater Accra topping with the highest of 13 flash points.

Director General-Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP David Nenyi Ampah Bennin, said they have provided backups for these flashpoints.

He said Police have deployed over 7,000 personnel to monitor and ensure the smooth running of the elections.
“The police are prepared to provide security for the elections Saturday. Indeed we are working with the leadership of the party to ensure that the various flash points are given the necessary attention to forestall any occurrences”, he said

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