Rawlings condemns ‘monetarisation’ in NDC elections

Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings,Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) not to rest on their oars after the successful conclusion of regional elections over the weekend.


In a congratulatory message to the party for the successful regional polls, he decried the growing trend of monetary inducements of delegates during elections.


“The scourge of monetisation which has engulfed our body politic still manifest in many of the last regional elections which some victors won through monetary and material inducements instead of commitment to the ideals of the party.


“We have to be on the lookout for self-centred personalities who managed to slip through the net due to revolting levels of monetary influence.


“Let us not allow such people to dilute, contaminate and weaken the progress that has been made,” he said in the statement released yesterday.


“Following the conclusion of regional elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at various centres across the country, I wish to congratulate all members of the party for a generally incident-free conduct of the process.


My congratulations also go to all who deservingly won their positions through the pursuit of the party’s ideals of truth and integrity.


“I must commend delegates who defied the shameful and vulgar inducements by some candidates and their sponsors and defiantly chose to elect those whose commitment and dedication to the party is unquestionable.


“While the results of the elections are a good indication of the sense of purpose of delegates and the membership of the party at large, we cannot rest on our oars.


“As a party that seeks to rebuild and strengthen itself, it is imperative that we see the results of the last elections as a small step towards confronting the bigger challenges facing the party.


“As we work towards the selection of national executives, we should be guided by the enormity of the obstacles well-resourced individuals with parochial agendas will place in our way.


“We have to confront stumbling blocks, ensure that the image, strength of the party comes first, with dedication, teamwork, truth and integrity, the party will again rise to its once envious position in the political climate,” former President Rawlings cautioned. –myjoyonline.com


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