The much-awaited 2016 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will be launched this weekend at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra.
Here seven policies that will feature prominently in the manifesto of the major opposition party:
1. One village, One dam
According to the NPP, the implementation of this policy would largely see some villages in the three northern regions have dams to enhance irrigation for farming activities.
2. One district, One factory
The NPP plans to set up a factory in each district based on the main raw material or farm produce available in that district. This policy is aimed at generating employment and also adding value to the raw materials.
3. One constituency, One million dollars
Should the NPP win the 2016 elections, a sum of $1million would be earmarked for the development of each constituency.
4. Office of the Independent Prosecutor
The NPP intends to set up an autonomous institution to deal with the prosecution of all cases. Currently, the Attorney General, who is appointed by the President, handles prosecution on behalf of the state. According to the NPP, the position of the independent prosecutor will be advertise and vetting done by the Judicial Service Council.
5. Election of Metropolitan/Municipal/District Chief Executives
At the moment, heads of the assemblies are appointed by the President but must secure two-thirds of the votes cast by members of the assemblies. However, the NPP wants the general public to elect people for such positions.
6. Establishment of 3 Development Authorities
The NPP plans to create three development authorities: Northern, Middle belt and Coastal Development Authorities.
7. Creation of the Western North Region
Another region would be created out of the Western Region if the NPP wins the upcoming elections.
These policies would be discussed in detail at the launch and they will also dominate media discourse in the coming weeks.
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