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It’s time to allow others steer affairs of PNC -Mornah

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Anbataayela Monarh, has said he will not seek re-election or contest for any national position at the party;s next national congress.

He said having been general secretary for two terms, national youth organiser for one term and worked in other capacities, it was time to allow others to steer the affairs of the party.

“I have not resigned as general secretary. I said I would not contest for any position at the next congress,” he told the Daily Graphic.

No official date has been fixed for the PNC’s next national congress but sources hinted the Daily Graphic that it could be early 2015.

Among other things, Mr Monarh said he was instrumental in the formation of the tertiary institutions wing of the party, the Tertiary Institutions Functionary.

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He believed he had work very hard over the years to take the party to a higher pedestal, adding that politics was not a life-long job.

He said when some people abandoned the flag bearer, Mr Hassan Ayariga, he remained resolute behind him.

He said he had contributed his quota to the development of the party, adding, “I am still a member of the PNC.”

He said his decision not to re-contest would give others the opportunity to come forward and contest the position of general secretary.

Mr Mornah is currently challenging the new Supreme Court rule which states that the hearing of a petition against the results of a presidential election shall be done on a daily basis, including public holidays.

Rule 69 C (5) of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules, 2012 (CI 74) provides in part as follows: "The court shall sit from day to day, including public holidays" when hearing a presidential election petition.

However, the plaintiff, who brought the action in his personal capacity as a citizen of Ghana, argues that the courts may not open for business until the President issues an Executive Instrument (EI) permitting same to happen.

The Attorney-General is the defendant in the suit, which was filed on December 30, 2012.

Mr Monarh contested the Wa Central parliamentary seat in the December 7, 2012 general election and came third with 6,202 votes, behind Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo of the NDC, who polled 28,149 votes, and Tahiru Issahaku Moomin of the NPP who had 22,304 votes.

Story by Emmanuel Bonney