Around 15.7 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballot in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in about 29,000 polling stations across the country.
Political pundits have projected a close race between sitting President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking at a news conference on behalf of the party’s 25 parliamentary aspirants in the region, Ms Bertrin Abena Britwum, contesting the Manhyia North seat, said the time had come for the voting public to stand up and vote against the ruling NDC and the opposition NPP because of bad governance.
She said: “Consistently voting for these two parties will take our beloved country further down into the stone age because Ghana, under the two parties, has failed to rub shoulders with her peers in the Diaspora”.
She unveiled a chain of campaign activities and economic growth agenda of the PPP that focused on human development and progressive leadership which are tipped to generate job opportunities and tackle the protracted unemployment “menace” in the Ashanti Region.
“We can boast of financial companies, hospitality industries, estate companies and radio and television companies,” Ms Britwum said amidst thunderous clapping and chanting from party supporters.
“It is time we took our destiny into our own hands as a people and as a region and got rid of the NDC who are championing one million votes without any tangible and worthwhile project that has benefited the people in the region,” she said.
Ms Britwum said: “Our country is at the threshold of a new era, an era that beckons for a new kind of leadership, a leadership that is uncontaminated by the prejudices of the past, a leadership committed to change and ready to solve the everyday problems that confront the average Ghanaian.
“A vote for the PPP is a vote for growth and development in a peaceful environment. A vote for the PPP is liberation from the economic and mental slavery the NDC Government has subjected us to in the last eight years.”
Mr Frank Aboagye Danyansah, the Parliamentary Candidate for Obuasi East, slammed both the NDC and NPP for what he described as “continuously throwing dust into the eyes of Ghanaians.”
The two top political parties often boast of initiating massive non-existent development in the region, he said, “but we sit here and cannot point to even one that is changing lives in the region.”
Mr Danyansah said: “It is time to awake fellow Ghanaians in the region and beyond to bring life back to the region. We shall not sit for our region full of human and natural resources to be destroyed.”