Kumasi shooting confirms plans to scuttle NDC primaries - Top executive
A Deputy General Secretary of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Barbara Serwaa Asamoah, has said the shooting at the Ashanti regional headquarters of the party confirms information that some unknown persons plan to disruption Saturday’s presidential primaries.
Barbara Asamoah says party executives have been hinted about the machinations of these unidentified persons within the party to disrupt the voting on Saturday.
She said it was such a move to resolve any issues capable of bringing chaos during the polls that resulted in the shooting incident that claimed one life.
Speaking on Adom FM’s current affairs show Burning Issues on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Serwaa Asamoah cited the Afigya Kwabre and Suame constituencies amongst potential hotspots for violence during the polls to elect a flagbearer for the party ahead of the 2020 general elections.
The party, according to Barbara Asamoah, has resolved to use the national election format where polls open will open at 7 am and close at 5 pm.
Also, unlike previous congresses, this years’ would not have an official opening and addresses from party executives and aspirants.
However, voting will end at 3pm at Jaman South and Chereponi constituencies due to a curfew imposed on residents in the two communities.
Serwaa Asamoah also said the party will not tolerate any person or group that would attempt to provide security at the event because the Ghana Police Service will take care of security to protect the integrity of the polls.
She further added about 300,000 delegates are expected to cast their vote on Saturday comprising nine members from each branch (polling) station, constituency and regional executives as well as national executives and Council of elders.
Also amongst the list of delegates are former and current Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers as well as appointees who are still members of the NDC.
Persons who refused to register their names in the party’s register recently would be excluded from the polls, she said.