By Frank Amponsah
An Independent Parliamentary candidate for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Madam Joy Joycelyn Andoh brought the whole Tarkwa community to a standstill when her sympathizers from all the 110 polling stations within the constituency joined her on a health walk.
Barely 53 days to the December elections, Joycelyn has gained significant grounds with her campaign as she has been endorsed by majority of voters who see her as the much-preferred candidate to represent and lead the Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency for the next four years.
In solidifying her campaign and strength in the area ahead of the elections, Joycelyn led her supporters on a 7-hour health walk.
The walk according to her is to interact with the people and put before them her agenda for the next four years when voted as MP.
She revealed that, health, education and economic empowerment will take prominence in her agenda stressing that, she would not renege on the opportunity the people would give her to serve.
According to her, she would ensure the development and growth of the constituency.
Joycelyn pointed out that, although the battle ahead is already won, victory can only be consolidated by votes of the many supporters who came out to offer their support.
She urged the people to translate the love they have shown her during the health walk into votes.
‘I appreciate your support. My appeal to you is for you to come out in your numbers on December 7 and vote for me. I know with you, I am covered and victory shall be achieved,” she said.
The health walk commenced from Akyempim through Tamso, then UMaT enclave through the Tarkwa Central Business Districts, banking lane, then to the Market Circle to Zongo, Cyanide and then finally ended at the John Taylor school park at New Atuabo with a Mammoth rally to climax it.
Party sympathizers and floating voters from all the thirty electoral areas participated in the unprecedented health walk with over 9,000 members in Madam Joy’s T-shirts, scarf and other paraphernalia to exhibit their support and love for their candidate.
For almost 8 hours, there was a heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic jam through the streets of Tarkwa as Hundreds of motor riders were in attendance exhibiting their skills.
The critical areas
Tarkwa, she said, has development needs which when addressed would ensure the transformation of lives, saying, “this transformation agenda focuses on seven critical areas which include health, agriculture, education and hygiene.
The other areas, she said, include trade, industry, critical infrastructure, and tourism that would lead to the emergence of entrepreneurs. Sports development in the area also deserves critical attention, she said, noting that she would lobby both local and international development agencies and corporate bodies to address the challenges, should be elected parliamentarian.
Ms Andoh said the time for closer synergies and constant engagement with electorates in the communities and traditional leadership to find best approaches to finding lasting, sustainable solutions to challenges within the communities while promoting local development.
She said as a candidate that knows the constituency very well, her election as Member of Parliament in the next parliament would ensure that people felt part of the development process.
Maintain the peace:
On the general election, she said the country’s nascent democracy which has become the envy of many in the sub-region should not be derailed by any acts of violence.
“We have come a long way in nurturing our democracy, the time has come for us to take it to the next level by ensuring that we welcome other views and tolerate one another and that is what I stand for,” she said.
She said in the December general elections, “I want us to individually work toward peace, put the nation first, make a personal resolution not to engage in any act of violence and vote for Jocelyn.”
Ms Andoh said her focus currently is on the real needs of the people as she engages them through door-to-door campaigns, interactive sessions with community leaders and traditional leaders to understand the task ahead.