The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rolled out an elaborate timetable for the election of new party officers at all levels with December 7 and 8, 2013 tentatively fixed for the election of national executive officers.
The party has also decided to undertake biometric registration of its members in order to enhance effective party administration.
Furthermore, the NDC has reinstated Mr Kofi Adams as a Deputy General Secretary of the party after a one-year suspension, while setting the disciplinary machinery in motion against one Alhaji Bello, a member of the party in the Volta Region for misconduct.
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These were highlights of a wide-range of decisions taken at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party held at the Institute of Local Government Studies at Madina, near Accra last Monday.
Per the NDC’s constitution, the NEC is the second highest decision-making body of the party after the National Delegates Congress and any decision taken at a NEC meeting is binding on the party.
The timetable for the election of new national executive officers of the party is an injunction of the NDC constitution, which requires the party to elect new national officers one year after a general election.
Briefing journalists on the outcomes of last Monday’s NEC meeting at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the General Secretary of the party, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said prior to the national delegates congress to elect national executive officers, there would be elections of officers at branch, constituency and regional conferences.
Elections at more than 26,000 branch conferences of the NDC across the country are to end by June 30, 2013 to pave the way for constituency conferences to elect constituency executives which are scheduled to end by July 31, 2013.
The constituency elections would also lead to regional conferences to elect regional executives, ending by September 30, 2013.
Mr Nketia said there would also be two separate conferences at the branch, constituency, regional and national levels to elect officers for the youth and women wings of the party ahead of the national delegates congress.
He said the tertiary institutions and foreign branches of the party would also hold similar conferences to elect new officers.
He did not, however, give dates for the holding of the youth, women and foreign branch congresses, explaining that the dates for those elections were yet to be fixed.
On the biometric registration of party members, Mr Nketia said after the bio data of members had been captured, they would be issued with new party ID cards with new electronic ID cards to facilitate administration.
He said the current ID party cards was fast losing its security features, hence the need to introduce the biometric ID cards with better security features.
Mr Nketia said about 80 per cent of disputes during primaries for parliamentary aspirants and other elections were centred on membership.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that the new biometric ID cards would help address such challenges and also ensure “one man, one vote” during party elections.
According to the NDC General Secretary, the decision to reinstate Mr Adams was based on the final report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated allegations of misconduct against him and an unqualified apology rendered by Mr Adams to the party.
“This has brought to conclusion, a very torturous adjudication of party matters,” he said, adding that it demonstrated the party’s commitment to uphold its principles that every member, irrespective of his or her position, was equal before the law.
On the case of Alhaji Bello, Mr Nketia said he had been cited for an unspecified misconduct in a petition submitted to the NEC, adding that the party’s disciplinary machinery would soon be set in motion to deal with the matter.
Story by Kofi Yeboah