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The acting General Secretary of the newly formed National Democratic Party, Dr Joseph Mamboa Rockson has hinted that the party is likely to be officially outdoored between 15th and 31st August, with former President Rawlings and his wife actively campaigning against the Mills administration.

A firm date has not been set because the party is not sure when the Electoral Commission will release its certificate to operate as a political party, although Dr Rockson is sure the EC will release it soon.

Dr Joseph Rockson made the disclosure on Monday July 23 on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show while commenting on a newspaper report that the Rawlingses were set to join the NDP when it finally hits the campaign trail.

The acting Secretary said former President Rawlings and his wife had lost faith in the Mills administration, stemming from their inability to deliver on the promises they made to Ghanaians in their manifesto which enabled them to win the 2008 elections.

The Mills administration had also failed to significantly address the issue of poverty, he continued, with the divide between the poor and rich “widening.”

To turn things around and improve the lot of Ghanaians, the NDP would field presidential and parliamentary candidates across the country and actively campaign and win the 2012 elections. National offices are being set up at Kokomlemle, Dr Rockson disclosed.

Asked about the possible consequences of former President Rawlings leaving the party he founded to join another, Dr Rockson, who is also a former parliamentary candidate of the NDC in Nkwanta, stated: “Well, it’s up to the party to decide what they want to do.”

Reached for comment, Deputy National Propaganda Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Solomon Nkansah, called on NDC members not to be “bothered” by the ongoing developments because victory was already in sight.

In any case, the party had already stated that it would not comment on the purported movement of the NDC founder to the NDP without documentary evidence. Until such documentary proof is available, “nobody will take them (NDP) serious,” he declared.

He called on the media not to give NDP the same space it gave the other political parties because it was not a registered entity and therefore did not have the same status.

In another development, the Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper has joined the debate over the power of slogans in political campaigning, saying they play a very insignificant role.

Mr Ephson’s comments come in the wake of reported disagreements between the NPP and NDC over the slogan ‘People Matter, You Matter’ for the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

While the NPP’s Asare Gabby Otchere-Darko is accusing the ruling party of “blatant plagiarism,” the NDC’s Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is calling on the NPP to use the ‘All die be die’ declaration espoused by their flagbearer.

Commenting on the issue, Ben Ephson said findings of research conducted in 2004 and still being reviewed indicate slogans and huge bill boards, while important for visibility, do not have a very significant impact on a party’s electoral fortunes.

He advised the parties to concentrate on their campaigns rather than fighting over words and slogans.
Source: Frank Agyei-Twum/Adomonline.com

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