May 29, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Richmond Keelson
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) demonstrated yesterday in Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) that it is ready to capture the constituency’s parliamentary seat in the 2012 elections. The PPP’s parliamentary primary contest brought excitement, enthusiasm and a steely determination to the party’s members and supporters. The contest pitched Lawyer Kojo Annan from the Komenda traditional area against Mr. John Sterlin from the Edina traditional area. In a move that is truly unprecedented, the PPP’s strategy to allow all card carrying members of the party to vote to elect parliamentary candidates and executive officers has brought grassroots participation into the party. No longer can a few executives sit in a room somewhere and select a candidate the membership will reject and refuse to campaign for. Seven polling stations were set up in the constituency for the election. This decision allowed the general public to witness the PPP in action throughout the constituency. Many people were heard praising the disciplined, organised and friendly nature of the voting process. Truly, a lot could not help agreeing that this is indeed a “party papa paa”.
In this instance, Lawyer Annan won the competition to become PPP’s parliamentary candidate by polling 53% of the 1,180 votes cast to Mr. Sterlin’s 47%. In a wonderful show of unity and common purpose, the two aspirants embraced each other after the results were declared and vowed to work together to win the KEEA seat for the PPP. The Parliamentary Candidate thanked the entire membership and Mr. Sterlin for the decency shown and demonstrating that by not allowing the aspirants to put polling agents at the voting points, tension was eliminated, something he felt all Ghana could learn from. The party has registered nearly 4,000 paid card-carrying members in the constituency and the Candidate pledged to continue to excite them to work for the PPP’s victory this year.
The PPP’s Presidential Candidate Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom called on the executives and the membership to work diligently to make KEEA a strong pillar for the party. He was emphatic that the PPP will do all in its ability to win the seat as goodwill was on the party’s side in the constituency. He asked the executives to work with great discipline and ensure that strong organization is put into place to make winning a sure thing. He asked everyone to assist in preparing for the launching of the PPP’s 2012 national campaign at Elmina on Saturday, June 2nd.