Kwesi Botchwey C’ttee time extended to conclude report

Kwesi-BotchweyThe Professor Kwasi Botchwey Committee tasked to investigate the cause of the defeat handed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections has been given at most a month’s extension to conclude its report.

The extension of the deadline is to allow for the committee to meet all interest groups some of whom are still yearning to meet the committee.

Deputy General Secretary of the party Koku Anyidoho in an interview on Thursday said the three months deadline given to the committee “was not cast in iron”.

Mr Anyidoho said, the demand by the supporters from the grassroots to meet members of the committee gave the party no choice than to extend the deadline by two to three weeks or at most one month.

He said the interest shown by the members of the grassroots to meet the committee is good omen for a party itching to return to power.

The NDC lost an opportunity for a third term in office and a second term for candidate John Mahama who took over as president in July after President John Atta Mills died in office in an election year 2012.

John Mahama won the 2012 elections, beating candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In 2016, President Mahama campaigned on continuity hoping Ghanaians will give him a second term to continue with projects he had begun.
He went into a make or break election with the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo who was taking his last gasp attempt at being a president following three previous failed attempts in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

There were other candidates too from minority parties which included, the Convention People’s Party’s Ivor Greenstreet,and the Progressive People’s Party’s Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom.

After the December 7 2016 elections which was conducted in a free and fair atmosphere, the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026, representing 53.35 per cent of the total votes cast to beat incumbent President Mahama who had 4,713,277 representing 44.40 per cent of the votes.

Many reasons were cited for the humiliating defeat handed the incumbent government Whilst some cited corruption, others also accused some of the leaders of failing to engage the grassroots supporters during the election.

That however has reduced following the constitution of the 13-member Kwasi Botchwey committee to investigate the true cause of the defeat and recommend solutions. –

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