Election 2016 Outrage in Cape Coast over NDC campaign launch

Residents of Cape Coast have savaged the Ogua Traditional Authority for lifting the ban drumming and noise making to make way for the NDC campaign launch on Sunday.

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Residents of Cape Coast in the Central Region are fuming with rage over the decision by the traditional authorities to lift the ban on drumming and noise making for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to hold its campaign launch.

The NDC is due to its campaign at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, August 14.

They also accused the authorities of bias and taking money from the NDC after it emerged that Ogua Traditional Council had denied the Progressive People's Party the opportunity to hold a rally in the region because of the ban on noise making.

However, the Tufohene of Oguaa Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Adu IV has described the allegations of bias and bribery as "baseless."

Speaking on Citi FM Friday, the Tufohene called for 'empirical evidence' to show that the Ogua Traditional Council indeed took money from the NDC.

Explaining the rationale for lifting the ban on noise making before the 21 days, Nana Kwame Adu IV said the planning committee of the Ogua Afahye received a petition from the NDC asking for permission to launch it campaign at the Cape Coast Stadium.

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He said: "When we [the planning the committee] read through, we saw that they didn't have the authority of the traditional council to lift the ban.

"We passed [the petition] to the traditional council, they sat on it and realised that indeed the day they [NDC] were seeking to launch their campaign falls within the ban.

"So the NDC were informed that the decision that the traditional council has taken is that it can't come on because it falls within that ban."

Nana Kwame Adu IV noted that after the decision was communicated to the NDC, elders of the party requested a meeting with the traditional council and beseech members of the council.

In addition, he said "some of these bans have been lifted before twice,"citing the lifting of the ban in 1992 under former president Jerry John Rawlings.

"So when they brought our attention to the history aspect, then we said okay the should go back and we will consult other stakeholders."

According to him, after consultations with stakeholders such as the Asafos, Queen mothers and the fetish priest, it was confirmed that the ban on drumming and noise-making has been lifted in the past before the 21 days.

Nana Kwame Adu IV concluded that the ban was lifted after the NDC agreed to perform certain traditional rites for the ban to be lifted.

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