Mr William Dowokpor, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Parliamentary aspirant for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, has appealed to Ghanaians to exercise their franchise in the 2012 general elections in order to safeguard Ghana’s fledgling democracy.
He said the 2012 polls should act as a catalyst for Ghanaians to route the “so-called” dominant political parties, which according to him “were a threat to the country’s democracy”.
Mr Dowokpor made the appeal when he addressed constituents at the West Legon recently.
He said Ghanaians should reject “the old parties” whose pre-occupation for the past 20 years had been winning elections only, while relegating good governance to the background.
Mr Dowokpor said the essence of political power in a democratic dispensation, was completely lost on the old parties, making the emergence of the PPP on the political landscape “an absolute necessity for the sustenance of democracy and good governance”.
“Without good governance, which is the pre-requisites for the country’s economic transformation, our so called democracy will be meaningless to the Ghanaian”, he said.
Mr Dowokpor expressed disappointment at what he termed the current government’s “blatant refusal to facilitate the development and implementation of a long term national development plan” in place of the “Better Ghana” slogan “which remains a mirage”.
He said: “Governance in this country is still bad and we need to change this administration at the December elections if we want to make progress”, he said.
Mr Dowokpor noted that since government could not monitor and evaluate the performance of its own functionaries, “it is a clear indication that government is not working properly and needs to be changed at the next opportunity through the ballot box”.
He said a key priority of the PPP when voted into power would be the enhancement of government performance for the efficient and effective discharge of its responsibilities to all sections of Ghanaian society.
“Unlike the old parties, the PPP envisions transforming Ghana into a high income country within a decade, through the implementation of the ten point agenda contained in our political platform for the transformation of Ghana, which will be revealed at our First National Convention next week” he said.
Touching on some of the issues of concern to residents of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, Mr Doworkpor mentioned the high youth unemployment rate, the unreliable water and electricity supply, as well as the lack of other public services such as good roads, adequate security for life and property, to the absence of proper representation of the constituents.
He said the constituency needed a strong voice that would advocate and agitate for their needs to be addressed.
“I therefore come as the referendum “MP” who will involve you in the decisions and contributions I will make in parliament. You will be involved in the governance of the constituency.
“I have demonstrated that already, working closely with the Dzorwulu Residents Association for instance to resolve some of our community problems.
“We need to get it right this year in Ayawaso West Wuogon or the next four years will continue to be frustrating for all of us” the PPP parliamentary aspirant concluded. GNA