Tamale NDC Group Angry Over Election Guidelines

Kofi Adams Dep. Gen. Sec. NDC (5)Some aggrieved members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Northern Region have registered their displeasure at the party’s national executive committee’s decision not to allow  non-executive members of the party to contest any regional executive position in the upcoming national and regional elections.

The group calling itself Concerned Youth of the NDC in the Northern Region argued that the guidelines in the upcoming intra-party elections were nothing but a ploy to deny many competent members of the opportunity to vie for positions at the national and regional levels.

Mr. Mahama Suhunu who read a speech on behalf of the group at a press conference yesterday in Tamale, lamented that the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) would affect the fortunes of the NDC in the 2016 general elections.

He said the new guidelines which states that a member of the party shall not qualify for a regional position unless the member prior to seeking election held an executive position in the constituency level, was “disturbing and unfortunate.”

They alleged that the decision not to allow non-executives to contest the regional executive positions was masterminded by the current regional executives who are bent to hold up to their positions, Mr. Suhunu alleged.

“We find the excuse given by the national executive committee untenable and therefore must be reversed immediately before it causes disunity and apathy in the NDC,” he added.

The group therefore pleaded with the national executive committee to as a matter of urgency amend the new guidelines to enable any interested member to vie for a position in the pending regional elections.

However, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Kofi Adams explained that the new guidelines were in conformity with the party’s constitution.

Speaking to the Times in a telephone interview yesterday, he said the NDC’s constitution clearly states that any member who wants to contest for a position at the national level should be an executive member at the lower level of the party or should be a government appointee.

“The lower level includes the branches, wards and constituency,” he added.

According to him, at a recent NEC meeting, it was decided that this constitutional provision should be revoked and implemented as part of the new guidelines for the up-coming regional and national elections of the party.

Mr. Adams said, per the residual powers given the NEC as provided in the NDC constitution, NEC also decided to add regional executive elections to the same category as that of the national elections.

He explained that the new guidelines were to ensure sanity during the regional and national elections of the party.

“We do not intend to protect any member of the party,” he said.

He therefore appealed to those who felt aggrieved, to immediately petition the NEC for their concerns to be looked into.

“This has nothing to do with media war or aggression,” he stated.

By Ian Motey & Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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