E/R: Angry NDC members lock up party office

Some Polling station executives and supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress in the Lower Manya Krobo constituency in the Eastern region on Saturday locked up the Constituency office of the Party.

The group calling itself ‘Concerned NDC Branch Executives and Members’ who are mostly party agents used by the party in the December 7, Presidential and Parliamentary elections took the action after several agitations and complaints over failure by the constituency executives to pay in full, allowances meant for them during the polls .

The decision of the aggrieved supporters to lock up the party office follows an ultimatum issued to both the regional and national executives on Tuesday 7th, February 2017, to suspend the Constituency executives for failing to disburse in full allowances meant for the party agents.

According to the aggrieved agents and Supporters of the party, the constituency executives shortchanged them by giving each agent Ghc100.00 instead of Ghc 200.00 due them as disbursed by National executives.

The polling agents claim Mr. Kofi Portuphy, the national chairman of the party directed the Constituency executives and the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Okletey Teilarbi to pay the polling agents within two weeks after their concerns got to him, however, that order has been disregarded .

They also accused the Constituency executives of collapsing the party with corrupt practices in the selection of Parliamentary candidates during primaries hence the party’s defeat.

“The constituency executives have destroyed the party, the vote margin in 2012 was 8000 but in 2016, it dropped to 300 difference because the supporters are furious due to the way the executives take money during primaries hence we want them to be suspended.

“When we approached them over our balance of ghc100, they told us they have borrowed it, and we said how can an elephant borrow the food of an ant,” the spokesperson for the group,Tetteh Atsu told Starr News.

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