NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
CENTRAL REGIONAL SECRETARIAT
POST PARLIAMENTARY VETTING PRESS BRIEFING
Vetting of NDC parliamentary aspirants in Central Region commenced at exactly 08:43am on Tuesday-22/09/2015 and ended at 00:39am on Wednesday-23/09/2015 at the Conference room of the Central Regional NDC Office. It was a one-stop vetting involving National, Regional and Constituency Officers of the party with the National Elections Director who is also a National Vice Chairman-Hon Samuel Ofosu Ampofo chairing.
Other members of the panel were the National Treasurer-Alhaji Ahmed Abdallah alias Alhaji PMC, Hon George Lawson-a National Deputy General Secretary, Hon Mahdi Gibrine-a National Deputy Organizer, Hajia Fati Osman-a National Deputy Women Org, Hon Kofi Fonu Kpatakpa-a National Deputy Youth Organizer, Mrs Victoria Kuma Minta-a National Executive Member, Hon Faustina Nelson- a Senior Party functionary, Hon Kofi Attoh-National Director of International Relations, Hon Lawyer E. K. T. Addo-a former Regional Minister, Hon Aquinas Tawiah Quansah-the Regional Minister, Hon Sam Graham Wilberforce-a Regional Vice Chairman, Hon Sampson Ahianyo-Regional Secretary, Lawyer Yaw Asiedu-Regional Director of Elections, Kwesi Dawood-RCO, Madam Tina Frimpong-Former Regional Women Organizer and other Regional Executives but the Regional Chairman recused himself as the father of the Region.
However, the following Executives from each Constituency were also part of the process: Chairmen, Secretaries, Treasurers, Organizers, Communication Officers, Youth Organizers, Women Organizers and Directors of Elections.
In all 65 out of the 68 aspirants who duly filled their nominations were vetted in accordance with the National Constitution, the NDC Constitution and the party’s electoral guidelines issued by NEC. The three (3) who sought permission from the Committee are Hon Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Hon Cassiel Ato Forson and Mr James Joe Quayson Jnr. They will be duly vetted at a later date since they are currently not in the Country. It is heartwarming to report that after a lot of due diligence, the Committee cleared 58 out 65 aspirants who appeared before them. The following were duly disqualified for various reasons: Lawyer Darko of Upper Denkyira West, Madam Doreen Ewuraba Mansa Manieson of KEEA and Mr Kweku Bortsie Ghartey of Effutu. Whiles the two accepted the decision of the vetting committee and pledged their support to work hard for the party, Mr Ghartey on the other hand, has appealed against his disqualification and is pleading for clemency.
Three (3) other aspirants had their approval or otherwise deferred till Monday-28/09/2015. They know what they have to do before they are cleared to contest. They are Lawyer Kanga Kerse and Rev Quansah-all of Awutu/Senya East and Mr J. E. Adams of Gomoa Central. Meanwhile, Mr Kweku Ansrow of AAK decided to step down after he was vetted and cleared to contest.
Balloting for positions on the ballot paper was also done. Truly, the caliber of persons who were approved to contest, their personality appeal, JMs Transformational Agenda, evidence of the Better Ghana Agenda in CR and shape of the NDC in CR will make it very easy to maintain our 16 parliamentary seats whiles recapturing the 7 parliamentary seats from the acidic NPP.
We congratulate all who participated in the vetting process and appeal to all once again to continue adhering to the guidelines to ensure very successful parliamentary primaries come Nov 7th. God bless you all.
NDC, UNITY, STABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
CR SAYS JM TOPS ALL