Politics of Sat, 1 Sep 20187
Upper West NDC delegates retain incumbent Youth, Women Organizers
The first phase of the ongoing regional elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Region has ended with Hajia Salamatu Cecilia Hamza and Nicodemus N.B.D Dery retaining their positions as women and youth organizers respectively.
Hajia Salamatu Cecelia Hamza, incumbent Upper West Regional Women’s Organizer polled 20 votes to beat her only contender, a former MP for Lambusie Karni Alice Teni to win her fourth-time bid.
The youth wing of the party also retained incumbent Nicodemus N.B.D. Dery as the Upper West regional Youth Organizer.
Nicodemus, who sought his second election had 34 votes beating Prince Mahmoud who got 11, while first-time entrant Rashid Bickson managed with 2 votes.
A first time contestant, Zakaria Abdul-Rahaman Markus gathered 19 votes to beat incumbent Polikuu Titus to become the deputy Upper West Youth Organizer. Titus had 18, Abubalari Yahaya had 7, while Nyeyala Iddrissu Aziz and Tamimu Issah had 2 and 1 respectively.
Prisca Domenyevi Kuupol garnered 14 to become the Deputy Women’s Organizer. She beat 3 other contestants, Memuna Mahama Yahaya, Florence Pkan and Sabogu Zaria who got 12, 6 and 3 in that order.
Speaking after their election, Madam Cecilia thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in them and promised to run an open leadership.
She said “as a grassroots person, I am going to kick start a demobilization campaign to ensure an all inclusive leadership”.
The first phase of the NDC Upper West regional elections ended at about 11:30 am at the Wa campus of the UDS, and will be followed by the main polls to elect other regional executives to lead the party.