Politics of Mon, 30 Apr 20185
NDC denies Rawlings’ malpractice allegation
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has denied allegations by its founder, former President Jerry John Rawlings, that the party’s ongoing branch elections have been fraught with widespread malpractices which have compromised the process.
In a statement last Friday, Mr Rawlings called on aggrieved candidates to petition the national headquarters for a quick resolution of their grievances.
He added that the party risked being disunited if officers continued to interfere with the process, creating an unequal playing field.
“I have observed that certain elements in the party who are supposed to be unbiased arbiters and supervisors in these elections are rather pursuing a parochial agenda that is not in the party’s interest.”
“We are on the verge of breaking up the NDC if we pursue this path. The National Executive Committee has to take a serious look at the entire branch electoral process and ascertain whether they have been held in an open, free and fair manner devoid of foul play and deliberate abuse,” Mr Rawlings said.
However, the NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said although there were some challenges, steps were being taken to address them.
The general secretary said he had already explained the development to the former president and was surprised at his comments.
“I didn’t think that the impression was going to be created that the whole exercise has been a flop and all that,” he added.
He stressed that in areas that electoral processes were not adhered to, the elections had been annulled with a re-run ordered.
“But it is his opinion that the whole exercise has been a mess. I don’t think that is the case,” Mr Asiedu Nketia said. stated.