NPP Parliamentary Race I Am Strong To Compete Against Men - Naa Torshie-Addo

Naa Torshie Addo says she is strong enough to compete against men in the NPP parliamentary primaries.

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Irene Naa torshie Addo, MP for Tema West Constitunecy

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The Member of Parliament for Tema West constituency Irene Naa Torshie Addo says the reversal of the party’s controversial affirmative action plan will not deter her from fighting to win her seat.

She says competing with men over the years has rather made her strong, and she is all fired up for the upcoming contest.

The National Executive Committee of the NPP last week announced plans a number of guidelines for its upcoming parliamentary primaries, including the controversial plan to allow only females to contest in constituencies with sitting female MPs in a bid to increase women’s participation in politics.

However, the decision generated a huge outcry, culminating in demonstrations.

Reeling under the pressure, the National Council of the party at a meeting on Wednesday April 1, 2015 voted to reverse the directive.

Reacting to the scrapping of the affirmative action plan which would have protected the 16 female MPs, Ms Torshie-Addo indicated that even if the decision had not been rescinded, she would still have contested and won her seat.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, the Tema West MP described the u-turn as a godsend since she wanted to compete against males.

“Though we need more women in our party which has been the dream of our flagbearer, I still embrace this final decision and I am happy about it” she added.

Asked if she could retain her party’s ticket for the 2016 elections a confident Naa Torshie stated: “God gave me that seat, and so I will look up to God and not man. I am a human being and so I am ready for anyone who will contest the seat.” 

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