In the famous words of Charles de Gaulle, a former French army officer and statesman who led the French Resistance against Nazi Germany in World War II, he said, “France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.”
The understanding of this quip is
Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of delegates and supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) across the length and breadth of the country gave an overwhelming endorsement to former President John Dramani Mahama as the flagbearer of the NDC.
The victory speaks of the desire of members of the party who are yearning for victory in the 2020 elections.
Political party’s decision making is more than just the story of a particular party’s policy of organizing elections to elect a flagbearer; it is about the aspirations of the party, and who better speaks to the aspiration than the party faithful?
John Mahama polled a whopping 213, 487 votes representing 95.23% of the total votes cast to beat the six other contestants to lead the NDC to victory in the 2020 elections. So, the next battle for him is to win the 2020 general elections; but following the outcome of the presidential primaries, what are some of the things which ought to be done to consolidate the victory of the NDC in the 2020 elections?
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In the 2016 general elections, only 49% of eligible voters
Despite that, the massive turnout in the presidential primaries is an indication that the grassroots is alive; and it also means that the apathy that characterized the party in the last general election is on its way of being cured. Candidate John Dramani Mahama must now by the experience garnered in a painful way re-strategize and formulate effective new ideas to counter what resulted in the apathy.
Chairman Mao Zedong, his
The party needs to build a strong network of information gathering. The party cannot depend on what is said on the cabal mainstream media and what people are saying on the streets for their actions. The party must be a step ahead in gathering information from what
Never say to yourself that I am right without empirically verifying and implementing what you have as
The information from the grassroots is a felt need of the masses of the people. The people may not have access to the mass media, and may not be able to formulate their needs in words but it is gnawing at them. It has been observed that of all the 7 aspirants, John Mahama’s outreach during his campaign tour covered all the 275 constituencies exhaustively. The outcome was what manifested in the results of the presidential primaries.
From the results of the election, a total number of one thousand seven hundred and
It is obvious that so far as the votes are
These people are supposed to educate the rank and file on how to cast votes. So if the fundamentals are weak, should the party expect
I believe the party should as a matter of urgency institute a special voter educational program by holding branch meetings in all constituencies and educating members on how to cast their
The idea here is to end by saying that John Mahama as the flagbearer of the NDC is a credible and better alternative to Nana Akufo Addo. There is a stereotype saying that one should leave the stage when the applaud is loudest. This idea should
The overwhelming endorsement given to John Mahama is likened to John Major, a former British Prime Minister. At a time there was
Another aspect of this is