President John Dramani Mahama has tasked delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be prudent in their election of their parliamentary candidates in the November 7 primaries.
The party would go to the polls to simultaneously elect parliamentary candidates and a presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections.
According to the President, when delegates were able to elect good and preferred candidates, these candidates would galvanise votes from the supporters of all the political parties in their various constituencies, which would benefit the party.
The President made the appeal during an interaction with NDC members at the Ahinsan Youth Centre, in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, on Monday, ahead of a sod-cutting ceremony for the re-modernisation of the Kejetia Market.
“We lost some parliamentary seats but won the presidential votes; it only proves that such candidates were not the best for the people, so this time round we are going to be more focused on choosing candidates who will represent the party better.
You should consider someone who is loved by the whole constituency and not NDC members alone; someone who can pull enough votes. When we are able to elect such competent leaders then we can win more seats in Parliament and also retain power in 2016 by the grace of God,” he advised.
His advice comes on the heels of some electorates threatening to vote on ‘skirt and blouse’ basis, if the favourite candidates were not chosen to compete on the party’s ticket.
This infers that the aggrieved party loyalists would vote for the presidential candidate but against the parliamentary candidate in the constituency, a situation the party candidates and President Mahama are trying to avoid in next year’s general elections.