The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged aspirants of the party’s parliamentary primaries to use the party’s internal structures to resolve challenges they have with the processes.
It said the committee had taken note of reports of challenges that some prospective contestants have encountered in the course of either picking nomination forms or filing same and assured all and sundry that the party was committed to running a free, fair and transparent primary.
The committee made this known in a statement signed by Sammy Gyamfi, the Communications Officer of the NDC, following reports of dissatisfaction from some aspirants in some constituencies, notably the Asawase Constituency.
“We will like to appeal to any aggrieved persons to follow the party’s structures and laid down procedures in seeking redress, in this respect, the office of the general secretary is open to receive any such petitions and same shall be determined and committed in a lawful, fair, transparent and expeditious manner,” it said.
The statement said the FEC of the NDC has appealed to all aspirants to exercise restraint and adhere to the regulations governing the process and conduct of their campaigns in a decorous manner.
It said the party noted that the calibre of persons who have expressed interest to contest as parliamentary candidates demonstrated its readiness to “rescue Ghana from our present bad leadership and restore the nation back to the path of growth, development and progress.”
There is controversy in the Asawase Constituency over allegations of sabotage levelled against the constituency executives by supporters of one Mubarick Masawudu, who wanted to participate in the primary but could not file his nomination forms on Friday as he arrived in Accra with some supporters to file at the party headquarters.
Reports claim a deputy secretary at the headquarters refused to accept his nomination due to a supposed disciplinary action against him. He encountered a similar challenge at the Ashanti Regional office of the party on Thursday when he arrived to submit the nomination form.
“I picked forms, and I am here to submit the forms but it is unfortunate that the party office is closed although they are supposed to be working from morning to evening,” Mr Masawudu bemoaned. -citinewsroom.com