GCPP lauds new E.C. boss

Dr. Lartey

Dr. Lartey

The leader of the Great Consolidated Peoples Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey, has lauded the appointment of Mrs. Charlotte Osei, as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), and says her credentials are in no doubt.

According to Dr. Lartey, the newly appointed EC Chairperson deserved the appointment because she has the credentials and knowledge to perform at that high level.

President John Dramani Mahama, as stipulated by the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei last week to replace Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who retires this month.

Addressing party faithful at an Ashanti Regional Delegates’ Congress on Saturday to elect their regional executives, Dr. Lartey maintained that Mrs. Osei together with the other members on the Commission made a formidable team that could execute their mandate and organise credible elections at any given time.

“She also has strong EC workers to help her in whatever she does. The EC now will be like a kingdom that is highly impregnable and can never collapse. And those people who want to disgrace the Commission should try again the next time when they lose elections-they can never be successful”, he remarked.

Commenting on the current power challenges, Dr. Lartey said the Mahama administration was not to be blame for them because it did not cause of the problem, saying, “previous governments, over the years, did not do anything when the problem emerged.”

“The solution, if we come to power, is to go solar. By this, we can save trillions of dollars and we can use the money to industrialise and manufacture goods and export more. We will help exporters get all the relevant certifications so they can add value to their products”.

Dr. Lartey said the GCPP was against the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to the country and tasked Parliament to ‘throw out’ the Plant Breeders Bill.

“We don’t believe in GMOs because it will never help our farmers apart from the fact that it is harmful.”

Eight officers were acclaimed at the event. Kofi Owusu Omar was voted Chairman, Kwadwo Kyei Berko, Vice Chairman’ whiles Awal Mohammed became the Secretary.

The other members included Rita Ofosua as Treasurer; Rexford Aboagye as Organiser; Osei Oware as Youth Organiser; Gifty Zemuh as Women Organiser and Mohammed Abdul Rahman as Education Secretary.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Omar thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in them and said they had not just been given posts but a responsibility to garner votes for the party in the region to help it win power.

He believed Dr. Lartey was the best candidate for the presidency since he was a visionary and an unblemished self-made successful man.

“The battle will be difficult in 2016 but we will fight to win power for the GCPP. We must make Ghana an interesting place to live in, so that Ghanaians would not travel abroad to do menial jobs”.

From Kingsley E. Hope And Gideon Botwe, Kumasi

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