Chaos at NDC election review committee meeting; Botchwey nearly heckled

The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress election review committee Prof Kwasi Botchwey was nearly heckled by supporters of the party in the Eastern Region in an organised chaos and protest, Thursday.

The supporters are accusing the Eastern Region executives of the party of embezzling campaign funds and would not have them sit in a meeting called by the party’s election review committee.

They claim the conduct of executives was the reason behind the party’s humiliating defeat in the 2016 election.

The Regional Executives of the NDC in a bid to reduce the popularity of the NPP in the region declared an agenda 50-50 results in the Eastern Region.

But the final results was nothing close to 50-50. The NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo polled 62.4% of the votes with John Mahama of the NDC polling 36.6%

There was similar trend in the results across the country but supporters of the NDC in the Eastern Region say the decision by party executives to embezzle campaign funds was the reason for the party’s poor showing, at least in the region.

They claim the Regional Chairman Bismark Tawiah Boateng hardly did any work for the party in the region in the 2016 elections.

They demanded that he recused himself from the meeting called by the party’s election review committee but the Chairman of the committee Prof Kwasi Botchway wanted him to sit in, something the supporters did not agree to.

So angry were the supporters that they mounted road blocks to prevent the committee members from driving to the Eredek Hotel in Koforidua, venue for the meeting.

They hurled insults at the executives, threw away chairs and tables in a desperate bid to scuttle the meeting.

Some of the executives who spoke to Siaw accused the regional executives of diverting the campaign funds into building houses and hotels for their personal use, a claim that cannot be independently verified by Myjoyonline.com.

The Regional Executives have however dismissed the claim.

After several discussion calm finally returned and the meeting is underway, Myjoyonline.com has gathered.

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