NDC To Expand Electoral System




Johnson-Asiedu-NketiaThe leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed that the current electoral college of the party will be scrapped.

According to the party’s leadership, scrapping of the current electoral college would pave the way for the introduction of an expanded system whereby every member of the party would be able to vote for parliamentary candidates and a presidential candidate during the party’s primaries.

This revelation of the plan comes in the wake of an advice by the founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, that the party leadership should embark on an extensive electoral reforms to expand its electoral college to build confidence in the party ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, lauded Mr. Rawlings’ call, saying, “I think that it’s a call at the right time because the NDC is already engaged in the process of reforming the party…so we are happy that our founder has bought into the reform agenda and is urging all party members to accept it.”

“Our intention is to scrap the electoral college system and then allow every party member to vote when it comes to our primaries for the selection of parliamentary candidates and then for the selection of the presidential candidates,” he added.

Mr. Nketia, however, indicated on CitiFm that by expanding the electoral college system, the party “will still suffer from the same defect that a smaller electoral college will have.”

According to him, for the party to fully achieve the reforms being embarked on, “a credible system of identifying who an NDC member is” must be in place, for which reason the party is “going into biometric registration of all NDC members.”

He added that the NDC constitution will also be amended to aid the planned reforms.

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