The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will soon roll out its guidelines for election of executive members at the branch, constituency, regional and national levels throughout the country. The NDC’s General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has disclosed.
After a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) at the NDC’s headquarters at Adabraka in Accra recently, Mr Asiedu Nketia said the party had reviewed the report on the recent nationwide registration of its members and plans for constituency, regional and national elections this year.
He said the elections formed part of the NDC’s preparations for Election 2020 and that the party would elect its flag bearer after the elections.
The general secretary said the guidelines for the elections would be announced after the party had studied and satisfied itself with the report of the registration exercise at the branch level.
He said a communique to that effect would be issued later after conclusions from the NEC meeting.
The NDC embarked on a reorganisation and re-registration of members at the branch level as part of the implementation of the Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee’s report, and also to ensure unity and cohesion at the grass-roots level as recommended by the committee.
Members were required to re-register at their branches where they were known to the executive to ensure that those whose names got onto the register were genuine members of the party who had duly paid their dues to raise funds for the party.
The manual re-registration would later be migrated onto a biometric register, which is intended to create greater and broader participation in the party’s internal election processes which had certain challenges that did not inure to the benefit of the party; hence the decision to undertake a new registration exercise to create a more credible and acceptable database for the party.
After the branches, constituencies, regional and national reorganisation, the party will elect its national officers after which the stage will be set for the election of the flag bearer for the 2020 election.
The reorganisation and re-registration of branches became necessary because during the last election, the branches did not function as they ought to.