All is set for the campaign launch of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Cape Coast.
The Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Bernard Allotey Jacobs says the party is ready to launch its 2016 campaign on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the Central Region.
According to him, about 50,000 people are expected to attend the launch, adding that most of participants would be drawn from the Central region.
According to Mr. Jacobs, the region has the capacity to mobilise more people due to the loyalty and commitment of supporters and executives of the party.
Mr. Jacobs, who spoke to the media, in Cape Coast ahead of the event, said various committees have been put in place to ensure a successful launch of the party’s 2016 campaign.
The regional chairman further said many activities, including interdenominational church service and clean-up, have been lined up as part of the program.
Mr. Jacobs said measures are also in place to ensure total security for people who would be attending the event.
The party will outdoor its candidate and officially launch the 2016 campaign.
Meanwhile, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North, Sarah Mary Bucknor, has expressed concern about the decision of the Oguaa Traditional Council to lift the ban on noise-making earlier than expected to allow the NDC to launch its campaign.
According to her, the chiefs should have boldly told the NDC that there was a ban on drumming and noise-making and that it should wait for the ban to be lifted.
The council banned noise-making for 21 days as part of activities marking the Oguaa Fetu Afehye celebrated by the chiefs and people of Cape Coast but lifted the ban ahead of time.
Mrs. Bucknor alleged that the chiefs decided to lift the ban ahead the scheduled time because most of them were in bed with the NDC.
“It’s sometimes painful that some chiefs have made people aware of their political affiliations which cannot promote effective development in the area,” she said.
She said she was unhappy with the council for forcing the PPP parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast South, Bright Edem to launch his campaign earlier due to the ban.
She added that the violation of norms could create problems for the traditional area, adding that some politicians have taken the people of Cape Coast for granted and that it was high time their traditions were respected.