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Ashanti NDC picks regional executives today, women’s organiser slot on hold

Over 1, 200 NDC delegates will converge at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday 13 November 2022 to elect new regional executives

The campus wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has now been cleared to vote ahead of the party’s delegates’ conference in the Ashanti Region.

This follows a marathon meeting between top executives of the party and some aggrieved candidates after the process was marred by disagreements and confusion on Friday (11 November).

The delegates who belonged to the Tertiary Education Institution Network (TEIN) had threatened to disrupt the elections of the women and youth organiser positions alleging that there were attempts to prevent them from participating in the process.

Marathon meeting

Speaking to the media after Saturday’s meeting, the deputy director of the NDC’s legal team Baba Jamal said almost all outstanding issues have been resolved to make way for the party to elect new regional executives on Sunday.

“For the Manhyia South, there was an application for an injunction which was served on us but the issue has been resolved and elections have been held. We had issues with the youth organisers and the TEIN list. The National Executive Committee put together a three-member committee and it gave us a list of 34 delegates. That is the approved list [of TEIN],” said Jamal.

Women’s organiser elections “on hold”

Jamal also confirmed that the election of women’s organiser slots has also been put on hold.

“For Asawase, there were two opposing injunctions and we are consulting Accra to resolve this by tomorrow. Unfortunately, we don’t have the approved list from Accra for the women’s organiser elections. When the committee did the accreditation it should have brought their list but unfortunately, we don’t have that. So that election has been put on hold so that we can have the accredited list to run the elections,” he said.

All is set for the poll

Over 1, 200 delegates will converge at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday 13 November 2022 to elect new regional executives in the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) stronghold.

The current NDC Ashanti regional chairman Augustus Andrews Nana Kwasi is seeking re-election as he battles three others, including a former chairman Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, in a fierce contest. In all 62 candidates are contesting various positions as the party seeks to re-organise its base.

Jonathan Ofori

 

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