Avoid making false claims, Veep warns pollsters

Kwesi Amissah-Arthur - Vice President
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur – Vice President

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on people who publish pre-election polls to desist from making false claims that certain parties are winning the elections.

He said such statements give wrong impression to their supporters and when they do not win they think somebody has done something to the elections.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur made the call at the inauguration of a Boys Dormitory block for the Enyan Abaasa Technical Institute in the Ajumako-Enyan –Essiam District of the Central Region.

The school, which was started by the community in 1989, was given final approval in 2010 to operate as a Day Secondary School.  

The visit forms part of the second phase of the Vice President’s campaign tour of the Central Region.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur was accompanied by Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, Member of the Council of State, Ms Barbara Serwah Asamoah, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan, and former National Organizer of the NDC among others.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur said wrong opinion polls have the potential to undermine the work of the Electoral Commission (EC) and create problems for the country.

He said the constant attack on the work of the EC can weaken the integrity of the institution and set the stage for people to reject the results when it is announced.

He appealed to people publishing such opinion polls to be careful about what they are doing and its effects on the nation’s stability.

You may be doing this for people who may not understand the process, and may believe they going to win and then don’t win, then they become violent; this is all that we trying to discourage,” he said.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur also urged the students to analyze the manifestos and policies of all the political parties to enable them make informed decisions as who to vote for.

He said the priority of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is to put people first in terms of education and health.     

Nana Osagyefo Ankwanu II, Chief of Enyan Abaasa, praised the Mahama led government for working with chiefs to enhance the development of the country.

He also commended Mr Casely Ato Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam constituency for providing developmental projects to the area.

He appealed for administration block, staff bungalows, pickup truck for the school, water and boarding facilities for the girls.

Nana Osagyefo Ankwanu also called on the MP to ensure that the tarring of the road Enyan Abaasa to Enyan Main is completed on schedule.

He said the winner of the December 7 elections should be magnanimous in their victory while runners up should accept their fate, being reminded that there is no looser after December 7 because of the people’s belief in democracy.

Nana Osagyefo Ankwanu urged leaders of political parties to embrace moral restraining orders to stay away from their opponents ground.

Mr Paul Ansah, the Headmaster of the school, said the school was started in 1989 by the community to provide employable skills to Enyan Abaasa and surrounding communities.

He said after many attempts by the community final approval was given in 2010 for it to operate as a secondary school.

He said the student population currently stands at 336 made up of 282 boys and 54 girls.

The school offer programmes in electrical engineering technology, automobile engineering, building construction technology, fashion and designing, catering and hospitality management and business accounting.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur also paid courtesy call on Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi, Paramount Chief of the Abeadze Traditional Area to congratulate him on winning the election to become the Vice President of National House of Chiefs.

He also addressed NDC supporters at mini rallies in Gomoa Afransi, Esti Sonkwaa and Anomabo where he introduced Rachel Apoh, Mr Casely Ato Forson and Mr James Essoun as the NDC Parliamentary candidates for the Gomoa Central constituencies to the people.

Source: GNA

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