As Ghana gears up for the December 7, 2012 elections, leaders and flagbearers of the various political parties have continued to make a large number of promises to the electorate to convince them to cast votes for them and their parties.

While the NPP?s Nana Akufo-Addo is promising among others to provide free education at the Senior High School level and construct a minimum 350 new schools, the NDC?s John Dramani Mahama is promising to expand the existing facilities and construct 200 new schools.

Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP is also promising to grant full citizenship rights to Ghanaians in the diaspora in order to tap into their expertise.

The latest to join the promises bandwagon is the founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor who is promising virtually everything under the sun for free to Ghanaians if she is elected President.

Speaking on Adom FM?s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Monday October 8, 2012 the 58 year old Madam Akua Donkor gave a long list of promises to the electorate, and for once, a specific promise was made for journalists!
Journalists and teachers under a GFP government, she declared, would receive ?free cars and petrol, as well as good wages because I am coming for you.?

Farmers and fisher folk 40 yrs and older would live a life of luxury commensurate with their labour, with those over 40 years getting a free ride to the bank to withdraw their monthly allowance provided by the State.

Persons jailed for failing to pay their debts can expect their freedom, although the men would have to work to pay off such debts. Orphans would be fed three square meals a day and educated for free as well, while Electricity and water would also be free, all paid for by the State from the sale of the abundant minerals in the country. ?You will also go to hospital free!?

In apparent response to calls by traders in Kumasi for space to trade, Madam Akua Donkor promised to move the Kumasi Zoo to the shores of Lake Bosumtwi and transform the ?vast land where you see maybe one or two snakes? into a market.

Meanwhile, the GFP flagbearer has dismissed suggestions that the Ghc10,000 filing fee for presidential and Ghc 5,000 for parliamentary candidate announced by the Electoral Commission is too high. According to Madam Akua Donkor, the leaders of the existing political parties have misappropriated enough money to fund such a demand. Indeed, she is calling for a doubling of the amount, with such monies used to pay for utilities.

Charles Kofi Wayo, leader of the United Rennaisance Party, had earlier complained about the fee, saying it was too high and could scuttle the ambition of many a parliamentary aspirant.

Madam Akua Donkor is also accusing Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of ?stealing? his idea of choosing a female running mate, and irked by this, will now choose a male running mate instead.

From: Ghana l l Frank Agyei-Twum

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