Zanab Mahama wins NDC National Women’s Chair

hajiaFifty-two-year-old Hajia Joyce Zanab Mahama made a mincemeat of two other com-petitors to become the National Women’s Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the first leg of the party’s eighth national delegates congress held here on Saturday.

The race which was anticipated to be a keenly one failed to leave up to its billing, as it became a roller coaster event for Hajia Zanab who polled 314 votes to beat her closest rival Hajia Mirian Sinare.

Hajia Sinare who was tipped to win the contest put up a poor showing as she could only garner 178 votes to place second, while Madam Margaret Chiravira polled 78 votes.

The situation was not different for the deputy women’s organiser position as Dr. (Mrs) Cathrine Deynu beat nine other contenders to become the first deputy women’s organiser.

She polled 308 votes, followed by Hajia Fati Ursman who also polled 129 votes to secure the slot for the second deputy women’s organiser.

Madam Ernestina Owusu Frimpong, Ama Sarpomaa, Francisca Adu Yeboah, Priscilla Mercy and Stella Adu Yeboah polled 100, 98, 70, 56 and 68 votes respectively,

The rest are Hajia Fatimatu Seidu, Cecelia Akueter and Betty Bosomtwi-Sam who secured 73 and 35 votes respectively.

A total of 583 delegates participated in the elections supervised by the regional electoral commission presided over by Mr. Daniel Serebuor Quaicoe, regional director of the commission.

Delivering her victory speech, Madam Zanab expressed her gratitude to the delegates for reposing confidence in her by voting massively for her.

She said her victory was not a personal thing but a victory towards preparing for the bigger battle of election 2016 and therefore all must put the results of the elections behind them and come on board to work towards victory for the NDC.

“The time has come for us to prove everybody wrong that the saying that women are their own enemies is not true and that the men only use it as an excuse to deny us of what is rightfully ours,” she added.

The women’s organier said she would operate an open door administration that would seek to harness the potential of all women of the party towards building a stronger and formidable party towards victory 2016.

She said with the support of all she would ensure that what was due women in the party is given to them so as to facilitate their work for the party.

On her part, Madam Margaret Chiravira who spoke on behalf of all the losing candidates pledged their support for the newly elected executives.

She said the election was nothing but a family feud and once it had come to an end, it was time for everybody to join forces to fight the bigger fight which is election 2012.

Madam Chiravira expressed the hope that with unity and commitment towards the same goal the party which is one big family would emerge stronger for the task ahead.

She therefore called for unity among the rank and file to ensure that the party was retained in the 2016 election for the better Ghana agenda to be continued.

They were sworn in by the general secretary of the party, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

From Edmund Mingle & Cliff Ekuful, Wa


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