‘Implement Botchwey C’ttee report without delay’

A former Member of Parliament for North Dayi in the Volta Region, Mr George Loh, has described the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report, as a document worth implementing without delay.

According to him, “the NDC as a party must go ahead to implement the recommendations in the report as quickly as possible in the interest of the party, ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.”

In an interview, Mr Loh stated, “the report represents most of the views of party members and we have no option than to follow its recommendations without hesitation.”

Expanding on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2016 elections defeat report, the chairman of the committee, Prof Kwesi Botchwey, disclosed that, “the compilation of biometric register for the conduct of primaries for the 2016 elections was flawed”.

“There was widespread evidence of manipulation that frankly eroded the credibility of the register and it caused a lot of pain and annoyance among people who thought they were cheated,” he said.

According to him, people they have interviewed also alleged that, some smuggled non NDC members to register and vote for their candidates.

So far the party has been warned not to reveal the content of the report to the public except for what has been put in the public domain which include the party putting together a group of credible and eminent members to undertake a peace building and healing tour of the country.

It recommended that the party takes steps to restore the integrity of the biometric register and the expanded Electoral College and recommend that steps be taken to restore the capacity and effectiveness of the party’s organs especially at the branch level.

The report recommended that the organs are the most critical because they are the party’s immediate connection to the people since it is a truly mass party.

It recommended that steps ought to be taken to strengthen research and intelligence in the party, crowding in a larger body of the party’s intellectual base which has not been particularly active in the past to support the party’s research capacity.

The report recommended the organisation of women due to significant changes taking place in the country’s demographic profile which the party ought to take notice of and all implications. –gbcghana.com

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