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Kroboland: Lawyer defies ‘women propaganda’; joins NDC parliamentary race

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Kroboland: Lawyer defies ‘women propaganda’; joins NDC parliamentary race

A lawyer cum youth empowerment activist, Benedicta Lasi on Friday, July 19, 2019, filed nomination form to contest the parliamentary primaries of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Lower Manya Krobo Constituency.

Ms Lasi is poised to break the misconception and stereotype that women are not allowed to lead on Krobo land by winning the primaries and subsequently, the 2020 parliamentary election to become the first female Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo, which has been occupied by a male since 1992.

“The people doing the propaganda that women are not allowed or permitted to be leaders on Kroboland, they travel across the world and they visit countries where women are Presidents, Prime Ministers and they enjoy the Comfort of those countries.

“So we don’t see why people we call leaders in our communities should start for political gains championing this propaganda that Krobos do not believe in women. The world has evolved [and] the talk of women not being leaders is a thing of the past and we have to look at what is happening around the world. It is not about gender but what you bring to the table,” Ms Lasi told Starr News after filing her forms.

Ms Lasi, an immediate past Deputy Eastern Regional Youth Organizer of the NDC continued further that she is committed to unifying the party and maximize the vote margin of the party, which has significantly depreciated over the years particularly in the parliamentary election despite being the stronghold of the NDC.

For instance, in 2016, the incumbent NDC Member of Parliament, Ebenezer Oklatey Terlabi garnered 19,710 votes as against NPP candidate Samuel Nuertey who polled 19,383.

She believes the party needs a new face to bring vibrancy to rekindle the love of Krobos for the NDC, to have an effect on the victory of John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the party in 2020.

The parliamentary candidate hopeful promised to build a befitting party office for the constituency in her first tenure if elected MP in the area while assuring of bridging the development gap in the constituency with massive economic empowerment drive and job creation opportunities for the youth.

Ms Lasi is a lawyer and the Founder of Noble Law Group; a law and public policy advocacy think tank. She holds a first degree in Political Science and Sociology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Security. Masters in Economic Policy Management.

She worked as Head of Corporate Affairs at Woodfields Energy Resources Limited and doubled as the Legal and Business Development Officer of the company.

She engaged in the development of a number of start-up businesses as well as youth empowerment projects in Africa. She was the International Relations Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from 2010 to 2011, served in various capacities in government and NDC party.

She is contesting the primaries keenly alongside the incumbent Member of Parliament-Ebenezer Oklatey Terlabi, Former Volta Regional Health Director, Dr Tetteh Nuertey, and David Tetteh Kwame.

The Lower Manya Krobo NDC primary is one of the hottest contest in the region.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor

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'We’ll take all our seats from NPP' – Boamah Otokunor

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.

The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.

According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.

“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.

On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

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Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister

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Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC - Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.

The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.

“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.

Source: Peacefm

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I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members

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I will unseat Collins Dauda - Ali Suraj assures NPP members

One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.

Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.

“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.

Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.

One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.

Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.

“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.

Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.

Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.

Source: Ghanaweb

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