NDC To Conclude All Internal Polls This Year

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here The National Democratic Congress (NDC) hopes to conclude all internal elections by December 31, 2014.

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Mandate extended

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC has extended the mandate of its current executives to December 31, 2014.

This will enable the current executives to complete the processes leading to the party’s national delegates conference expected to take place before the year ends.

The NEC, according to Mr Nketia, last week Tuesday, invoked an omnibus clause in the party’s constitution to come to this conclusion.

Sharing some aspects of the NEC meeting, the General Secretary pointed out that the constitution of the party demanded that elections were held every four years.

“Technically, this means that our term of office as executives has expired and we need fresh mandate to continue,” he stated.

Mr Asiedu Nketia explained that the first thing the party did in such circumstances was to apply the various clauses of the party’s constitution to extend the tenure of office of existing executives.

In so doing, he said, the NEC applied Article 50 of the party’s constitution to pass a resolution to extend the tenure of executives of the party throughout the country to December 31, 2014.

He recalled that an earlier resolution passed in January this year extended the mandate of the current executives indefinitely because at that time, the party had no timelines but this current extension had timelines.

Article 50 gives NEC residual powers to take such decisions, Mr Nketia stated.

Internal wranglings

On internal wranglings within the party, Mr Asiedu Nketia said as far as the NDC was concerned, it had its conventions, traditions and laws governing the conduct and behaviour of members.

According to him, the convention of the party was that when it was approaching a new election, it issued formal guidelines and opened the gate for nominations and campaigning.

Until this is done, he said the party frowned seriously on executives or individuals who attempted to jump the gun.

He argued that though there were no specific articles in the party’s constitution banning campaigning ahead of time, “we consider it unethical because elections at every level is organised and supervised by executives at higher levels.

As an executive, if you declare yourself as a candidate ahead of time, then you cannot be a referee and a player at the same time.

In order to uphold confidence in the electoral process, you don’t declare your candidature”.

He cited developments within the Greater Accra Region concerning the NDC, where some names had come up as possible contenders for the regional chairmanship as affirming the wisdom of the need for all interested parties to exercise restraint and wait for the constituency elections to be held first.

He said some people were cleverly dodging the convention and pointed out that “this goes to undermine you when especially you are involved in the process of conducting the elections.”

“Everybody must abide by the rules of engagement; it makes the process less acrimonious,” Mr Nketia stated and added that acrimony came from a sense of feeling of unfairness.

NPP congress

According to Mr Nketia, nobody in the NDC should panic that the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was concluding internal elections and that the NDC was far behind time.

He concluded that “everything worth doing is worth doing well.”