Tarkwa-Nsuaem independent candidate threatened with voter ‘fallouts’ over unfilled promise

A parliamentary candidate in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western region is being confronted with the serious challenge of living up to a promise to traders.

A promise was made to these unsuspecting traders that they will be given some loans to improve their businesses.

This sunk really well and got many of them supporting the candidate. This was at the onset described to be a powerful political tool as women constitute a majority of voters in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality.

This is the dilemma the independent Parliamentary candidate for the area, Joy Joycelyn Andoh, is being compounded with.

She had throughout her campaign managed to win the hearts of women [traders] and taxi drivers with her promise to secure some credit for them before the election. But fear has taken hold of her supporters as they feel the promise cannot be fulfilled.

This reaction has been sparked allegations that the incumbent Member of Parliament, George Mireku Duker, and the Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Benjamin Jesse are frustrating efforts made by the independent candidate to secure the facility from local banks.

“We’ve heard, and if that is true it doesn’t mean well for the NPP, that the MP and the MCE have written to banks in the municipality to turn down applications from the independent candidate,” a retailer at Brahabebom told a local reporter on Takoradi-based Skyy Power FM.

Several others have threatened to revert to their original parties if the promise is not fulfilled. This could cause her very deary. It will be humiliating, to say the least, if the NPP pounce on this to campaign against her.

Strange enough the independent candidate has failed to comment on the issue.

This uncertainty and non-response to the fears of the traders could be capitalized by the NPP. Joycelyn Andoh is a defected party member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Her contest is assessed to be a major threat to the NPP, as voters could resort to a skirt and blouse voting pattern, a situation that could pave way for the Parliamentary Candidate for the Nation Democratic Congress (NDC) Justice Annan to make headway.

With exactly two weeks into the election day, many anticipate the fulfillment of promises made by parliamentary candidates that could excite them to endorse them at the voting booth.

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