Daughter of former President, Jerry John Rawlings, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings has been cleared to contest in the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) November 7 primaries.
Dr. Zanetor is vying to become the parliamentary candidate for the NDC in the Klottey Korle constituency in Accra.
She was in the race with the incumbent MP, Nii Armah Ashietey and Leeford Kpakpo Quarshie, the grandson of Tetteh Quarshie, until the latter was disqualified.
During the vetting of aspirants in the Greater Accra region today [Thursday], five aspirants were disqualified including Leeford Nii Kpako Quarshie (Klottey Korle Constituency) Tony Afenyo (Ashaiman Constituency), Michael Kwetey Tetteh (Ningo Prampra), Isaac Awuku (Dome Abra Obom) and Opolu William Kwesi Ahamadzi (Amasama).
Vetting of two aspirants (Lawyer George Enu and Bill Heglo) from the Tema West Constituency was also put on hold over questionable documents.
One other person, Adam Abdul Nasser was not present for the vetting
A total of 108 aspirants are to be vetted in the two day exercise ahead of the NDC’s November 7 primaries.
Retain us – Incumbent MPs plead
In a related development, some incumbent NDC MPs in the Greater Accra Region have called on the party to give them the nod to serve in the nation’s law making house again.
According to them, they have to continue with some projects they started.
They made the call in an interview with Citi News while taking turns at the party’s vetting in Accra.
The MP for Madina, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho explained that he has to “water seeds of development” he had sown hence must be retained.
“You don’t plant the seed today and reap it today, you have to water it and make sure that it grows and bears fruit. All those things that I have done in the constituency, some of them have started, others are yet to start and some are at various stages of completion,” he added.
Mr. Sorogho highlighted some projects he had initiated saying, “I am constructing a recovery ward at Rawlings circle clinic. In two weeks’ time we are cutting the sod. I am also doing an ICT library at Nkwantanaang Cluster of schools. Every school compound you go, you will see new buildings.”
Also speaking to Citi News, the MP for Ningo-Prampram, E.T. Mensah who is facing stiff opposition from presidential aide, Sam George said he is not intimated by his contenders.
“ET Mensah can never be intimidated, I respect, I’m not arrogant but nobody can intimidate me. What we are practicing is parliamentary democracy. There are no time limits, unless you are defeated by the opposite party, you go as long as you can provided you feel you are strong enough,” he added.
Meanwhile, some of the new aspirants told Citi News that the long serving MPs must step down for the young ones.