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President Mahama has admonished all the parliamentary aspirants who are contesting in the upcoming NDC primaries to show good faith and remain with the NDC even if they lose the primaries. President Mahama indicated that if the aspirants show good faith and rally behind all winners to campaign for the victory of the NDC, they would get an opportunity to be supported the next to the party goes to the polls. The President explained that it is God who chooses a leader and therefore if they lose, they should accept it in good faith. “…if you show faith and you come around and support the winner, the next time if you also win, everybody will come around and support you, its God who chooses leaders.” The President who was addressing parliamentary aspirants in the Western Region on Sunday, indicated that the NDC stands a better chance of winning the 2016 elections if the party is able to unite their front. He appealed to the aspirants to consider victory 2016 as their ultimate aim for the NDC.  President Mahama encouraged the aspirants to remain firm and faithful to the party, he explained that as they go out to campaign and convince the people for vote, they should remember that only one candidate would be selected but when that happens, they should not go away from the party but support all the winners for victory 2016. ‘’Everybody who is vetted and accepted will have the opportunity to campaign and you will go round and convince the people to vote for you. At the end of the process, only one person can emerge. The Constitution of Ghana says there shall be one parliamentarian for each constituency. If it said, two or three we will push all of you through but it said one. So when they vote, they will select only one and when they had selected that one, please for heaven’s sake, those who are contesting, if you lose, please come round and support the one who won,” President Mahama said. The President is in the Western Region on a two day visit ahead of the Presidential and Parliamentary Primaries slated for 7th November. 2016.
National Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Mr. Kofi Adams is hopeful that come 2016, the people in the Western Region would massively vote for the NDC because President Mahama has been faithful to the region. He said the major development projects in the region is evident for all to see, and by far the people are grateful and satisfied with what they have received from the Mahama led administration. Mr. Adams indicated that one of the most transforming project within the region, is the Atuabo Gas Project which the President inaugurated recently. According to the National Organizer, the government has also been able to provide good drinking water for majority of communities within the region, although more works are currently been done. He said so far the performance of the NDC is very good and because of that, the residents has  promised a 55% votes for President Mahama and 50% votes for the parliamentary elections. Kofi Adams explained that the residents see Mahama as a listening government whose style of leadership is unprecedented. When it comes to development in the Western Region, ‘’government has been very faithful,’’ and because of that Mahama would win massively.  
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party for the 2016 presidential elections, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo has ended his three day ‘Rise and Build ‘tour in the Ashanti Region. Addressing party regional executives and all parliamentary aspirants in 14 constituencies in the region, Nana Addo said Ghanaians are looking for a president with better policies to stimulate growth and not a president who would go and beg for support. Nana insisted that Ghana is endowed with all the resources required to transform this country but it takes a president with better economic policies aimed at strengthening the economy. “We are not looking for a President who will go and beg for us. We want proper policies that will make it possible for our industries to grow. If you put in place polices aimed at strengthening your currency, reducing interest rates and putting in place an effective fiscal policy, these are the things that will stimulate local production, and not begging.” Nana Addo added “What Ghanaians demand from a President of Ghana, endowed with all the power of the State, is to put in place policies and measures which will stimulate the growth of local production, and not to go begging.” The flagbearer reiterated that a 2016 victory for the NPP, is a victory for all Ghanaians and not a selected few, because the victory according to him “will be a watershed in the development of our country”. Nana Addo was confident of victory come 2016 because of the hard work they have employed so far but that would only be achieved if they unite their front.  “I am confident that Almighty God will look on our hard work and grant us victory in 2016. This victory will not be an NPP victory, but a victory for all Ghanaians.” Nana Akufo Addo as part of his tour held series of meetings with regional and constituency executives, as well as parliamentary candidates from 14 constituencies in the Ashanti Region. The constituencies were Asawase, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Oforikrom, Suame, Old Tafo, Kwadaso, Nhyiaeso, Bantama, Asokwa, Offinso North, Offinso South, Subin and Bosomtwe.
Deputy Regional Secretary for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Volta Region, Mustapha Bandi has called on Ghanaians to see the call for a new voter register by Nana Addo and the NPP as fraudulent and an attempt to make the country ungovernable. Mustapha Bandi said ‘’the call for a new register is not genuine, they don’t have a good intention for a new register to be compiled’’. He insisted that the NPP is making ‘’wild allegation’’, with their call. ‘’We believe that we should allow the Electoral Commission, to be solely independent to be able to hold a credible election in this country’’, he said Mr. Bandi challenged the NPP to come clean with their call because in his opinion he sees it as fraudulent and without merit. ‘’With the posture of NPP and its holders, they have not lived to a good moral, they do not have the public moral capacity to represent themselves to call for such change. In any case, if you have made or filed a petition at the Electoral Commission, allow the Electoral Commissioner and the various commissioners to look at the and give it the merit it deserves’’ he indicated. He could not understand why NPP would petition the EC, hold a demonstration, abuse the law then later turn to the international community after been disciplined by the police. Mustapha Bandi opined that, the NPP is disgracing and destroying the country internationally and because of that Ghanaians would not forgive them.        
The Greater Accra regional chairman of the NDC, Mr. Ade Coker has said that executives at the various constituencies must not support any candidate in the upcoming parliamentary primaries. He said that the executives are expected to be the referees in the elections and not to support any candidate because their duty is to rally behind the overall winner ahead of the 2016 elections and therefore if they support one candidate they may not be neutral. The chairman indicated that the party is looking forward for a clean and civil election, devoid of insults and violence and therefore it is important that candidates discipline themselves ahead of the primaries. Mr. Ade Coker explained further that the focus of the party is to win the 2016 general elections and because of that they must try their best to have a very successful election to elect their candidates for the next general elections He described the vetting exercise as successful since due process and constitutional requirements were followed by the party. He admonished party supporters to focus their strength in building the front of the party ahead of the 2016 elections by remaining united, before, during after the primaries.
A 30 year old man called Kwame Anane has committed suicide by hanging at Nuamakrom, a small farming community in the Amenfi District of the Western region. According to some of the residents in the area, the deceased was cursed by his wife for cheating on her with another woman. They also alleged that his impotence was as a result of the curse placed on him by the wife because the deceased was once potent. He is reported to have said on several occasion that he had intention of killing himself until today he hanged himself on a mango tree, this has shocked the residents in the area although the deceased had plans of killing himself. Amponsah Daniel our regional correspondent was not able to tell whether the deceased is having children with the wife. The police we are told have deposited the body at the morgue and would soon begin investigation into the issue.    
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