The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddy Blay, has commended the various Regional Chairmen of the party, for their immense contribution toward ensuring that citizens, especially at the grassroots level, register to acquire the new voter ID cards.
He further called on them to work hard in order to secure victory for the NPP in the December polls.
Speaking with the Regional Chairmen in a maiden Zoom meeting, Mr Blay said: “I am deeply touched by the amount of sacrifices being made by all of you in galvanising the party’s grassroots and providing some assistance to qualified Ghanaian citizens in undertaking their constitutional right to register and vote in the December 2020 general elections”.
“I am equally encouraged by the cooperation you continue to offer agencies of state in realising the main purpose for which the nation is embarking on the compilation of a new register of voters,” he added.
Mr Blay also urged all the Regional Chairmen to work harder in the next three weeks to increase the interest of citizens’ participation in the compilation of the new register across all regions to increase the NPP’s support base.
He indicated that over 7 million voters have registered so far, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and touted the successes chalked by the government.
“Undoubtedly, this global pandemic with severe impact across nations, is certainly the first of its kind any government in Ghana has had to deal with. Yes, there have been challenges with the management of the pandemic, and, maybe, sometimes, a few mistakes by individuals and even the experts advising the President”, he admitted, adding: “However, despite the constraints, the fight against COVID-19 has, so far, been very well-sustained and managed by President Akufo-Addo and his government,” he said.
Mr Blay called on the Regional Chairmen to encourage their respective communicators to intensify public awareness on COVID-19 safety protocols.
“Obviously, it does not serve the interest of the party and the government to be burdened with the management of increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths. Such a situation has the potential of shading some of the gains of the Nana Addo-led NPP government and equally increasing the government’s spending on the pandemic over a longer period. Therefore, the fight against the deadly virus must continue unabated by all citizens as we go about our normal lives as individuals and as a nation,” he said.