Akufo-Addo Commends NPP Polling Station Agents

nanaNana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated all polling agents of the New Patriotic Party for doing a good job in protecting the party’s interests in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise, urging them to remain vigilant in the last few days of the exercise.

He stated on tour of six registration centres in the Agortime-Ziope, Adaklu, Central Tongu and Akatsi constituencies of the Volta Region on Sunday, as part of the monitoring exercise which has seen him visit some registration centres in the Greater Accra and Central Regions as well.

Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running-mate in the 2008 and 2012 elections; John Peter Amewu, Volta Regional NPP Chairman; Nii Adjiri Blankson, former Mayor of Accra; Elizabeth Ohene, former Minister of Education; regional NPP executives, and some constituency chairmen in the region.

Nana Akufo-Addo called on the Chief of Agortime Afegame, Nene Mawumasro XIV, as a mark of courtesy before proceeding to the registration centre in Agortime Ziope.

“The fact that you have travelled to Agortime to see us is very rare. We have been on the other side for a long time without any development or prosperity coming to us. We are going to make the change in 2016 and you will see the difference in the votes you will receive in 2016,” Nene Mawumasro XIV, assured Nana Akufo-Addo.

Witnessing at first-hand, activities at this registration centre, some ten yards from the Togolese border, Nana Akufo-Addo took time to interact with polling agents of the party and EC registration officials.

The NPP polling agents told Nana Addo that “registration has been slow”, as they have recorded a very low turnout since the start of the registration exercise.

He urged the NPP agents and EC officials to ensure that only eligible voters were registered in the 10-day exercise.

At Kpetoe, also in the Agortime Ziope Constituency, Akufo-Addo called on Nene Noe Keteku III, the Chief of Agortime Kpetoe, who prayed to God for “a new environment to engulf the nation in 2016”.

Nana Akufo-Addo then proceeded to visit the Agortime SHS registration centre, where he appealed to the NPP agents to ensure that the number of new voters recorded in the log book, provided by the party, tallies with the number of voters registered by the Electoral Commission. Additionally, he urged the NPP polling agents to make it a point to demand, from the EC registration officials, a copy of the daily print-out of registered voters.

At the Pioneer Tobacco Company Hall registration centre in Akatsi, hundreds of residents poured into the registration centre upon hearing of the arrival of Nana Akufo-Addo with shouts of “Naa Nana, Naa Sho?” and “No Nana No Vote”, a scene described by NPP regional executives as “never seen before”.

Nana Akufo-Addo told the gathering that, “Thus far, I have been to a few registration centres in the Greater Accra and Central Regions to monitor proceedings in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise. From what I have observed in the centres I have visited, the process appears to be proceeding smoothly.”

He continued, “However, we cannot tell if this situation pertains to all the registration centres across the country. When the exercise is completed on August 13, that is when we can analyse reports from all parts of the country and determine whether or not the registration exercise was a success.”

Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to thank all well-wishers across the country who, in diverse ways, have been helping NPP agents at the registration centres and feeding them as well. He pleaded with them to continue their good deeds until the end of the exercise.

The Eastern Region, on Tuesday, August 12, will be the last region to be toured by Nana Akufo-Addo, ahead of the August 14 resumption of his campaign for the flagbearership of the NPP.

By Times Reporter

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