Nii Kotey Ashie, a parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Odododiodioo seat, has accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the frequent election violence in the area.
According to him, the NPP has been importing persons from outside the constituency to foment disturbance during elections, ruining the NDC’s reputation.
The NDC is holding its parliamentary primary in the Odododiodioo seat following the dismissal of an interlocutory injunction case brought by a disqualified candidate, Michael Nii Yarboi Anan, which resulted in the party’s initial indefinite delay of the elections.
Two candidates are running to represent the NDC in the Odododiodioo seat after the area’s Member of Parliament, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, decided not to run for re-election.
Nii Kotey Ashie informed media during a visit to the Jamestown Police Station forecourt to vote on Sunday, January 21, 2024, that the election would be conducted peacefully.
“The people of Odododiodoo, as I’ve always maintained, are peaceful and loving people. I’ve told you time and time again that those who come to foment trouble are imported from outside to come and cause trouble and then leave. Largely, we have seen NPP orchestrating such incidents, but we will not allow them; it will not happen.”
He also vowed to address young unemployment in the region if elected.
“I believe we need to revamp the employment prospects for our people. We need to ensure that our people are more employed. Many people who cannot secure a job due to lack of education need to be trained sufficiently to become employable, so we can help them find a job. Now, essentially, we have people who want to learn a trade due to their lack of educational capacity. They want to learn the trade, and we have to make sure we take them and train them. The most important thing is to empower them.”