President Akufo-Addo has made a passionate appeal to the people of Kwesimintsim in the Kwesimintsim Constituency in the Western Region, to avoid "Skirt and Blouse voting", the phenomenon where constituents turn to vote for the Presidential candidate of one party and the Parliamentary candidate of an opposition party.
Addressing the people of Kwesimintsim, the second stop of his multiple Constituency engagements in his one day tour of the Western Region, President Akufo-Addo said he has been told that some people plan to do "Skirt and Blouse" voting in the Kwesimintsim Constituency. To this end, the President indicated that that choice will go a long way to hurt the government of his second term in office. He therefore called on the constituents of Kwesimintsim to avoid same at all cost and to vote for him and the New Patriotic Party's (NPP's) Parliamentary candidate for the Constituency, Dr. Prince Armah, who is currently the Executive Secretary of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).
Dr. Armah beat the incumbent NPP Member of Parliament for the Kwesimintsim Constituency, Joe Mensah, on 20th June 2020, during the party's primaries.
"I have heard some NPP elements saying they will vote" Skirt and Blouse" in this Constituency. We don't want any" Skirt and Blouse" in this Constituency. The Region Minister, Badu Ansah and the incumbent MP, Joe Mensah are all firmly behind the NPP Kwesimintsim Parliamentary candidate so urge you all to do same in unity to get him [Dr. Prince Armah] elected to Parliament" President Akufo-Addo said.
*Incumbent MP for Kwesimintsim*
The Incumbent Member of Parliament, Joe Mensah, in his public show of support for the man who beat him in the primaries, told the teeming crowd at the rally that before he became the Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim, the seat was occupied by an NPP Member of Parliament (MP) and as he prepares to hand over, he will hand over to another NPP MP and none other. He therefore called on his constituents to vote massively for Dr. Prince Armah, to ensure that the NPP maintains the Kwesimintsim Constituency seat in Parliament.
*Western Region Tour / Itinerary*
President Akufo-Addo is in the Western Region where he is on a one day tour of multiple constituencies as part of the final lap of his election 2020 campaign.
The President's engagements in the region began with the official commissioning of the Sekondi Astroturf in the Sekondi Constituency.
The team of the President will proceed to Mpohor in the Mpohor Constituency and Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West Constituency for whistle stops to address constituents.
The next stop of the President will be Tarkwa in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency where President Akufo-Addo will commission completed infrastructural projects at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT). The Prestea Huni Valley Constituency in Bogoso, will be the President's final whistle stop. President Akufo-Addo will exit the Western Region to the Ashanti Region with a drive through and a subsequent address to the people of the Akropong township in the Amenfi East Constituency.