NDC to sanction Parliamentary aspirants campaigning in KEEA
The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Constituency has cautioned all Parliamentary aspirants to stop campaigning ahead of the opening of nomination for the Parliamentary seat.
According to a statement signed by Mr. Charles Entsuah, the Constituency Secretary, the conduct was against internal regulations, undermined the smooth coordination of internal party structures, cohesion, unity and progress of the party.
“We wish to sound once again and for the last time a warning to members of the party in the constituency who have the ambition to contest for the 2019 parliamentary primaries to stop meeting Branch Executives to canvas for votes without approval from the party,” the statement said.
It added that, “the conduct of these persons and groups are considered as anti-party activity which does not only flout the rules of the party but also undermined the structures and the progress of the party.”
The caution, he noted had become necessary following complaints the party has received about the conduct of some parliamentary hopefuls who are overtly and covertly campaigning to delegates ahead of opening of nominations.
“This caution is deemed necessary because of similar incidence that happened some time ago which disturbed the unity of the party and noted that “the party is yet to open nominations and set out the guidelines for the conduct of the primaries as stated in article 41 of our party’s constitution”.
Mr. Entsuah indicated that the party reserves the right to disqualify any parliamentary aspirant who failed to abide by the rules of engagement since it was part of its disciplinary ethics in accordance with rules and regulations.
In that regard, the party will sanction any parliamentary hopeful, individuals or groups who fail to abide by this directive since the party has not opened nominations for potential candidates who want to contest in the parliamentary elections.
“We are therefore reminding the individuals who have the desire to contest the parliamentary primaries to stop meeting the Branch Executives prior to the opening of the nomination otherwise when found out you will be disqualified when nomination opens. The NDC is a disciplined party and as such everything is expected to be done in accordance with the rules and regulations”, he said.
The Party reminded members of its upcoming Presidential primaries slated for Saturday, February 23, 2019.
He stressed the need for the party to forge ahead in unity to wrestle power in 2020 and assured that they remain committed to give all prospective parliamentary aspirants a level playing ground when nominations are opened.
They must eschew all forms of politics of personal attacks and internal wrangling which will only tarnish the image of the Constituency and the Party at large.
“Internal discipline and unity are critical for the victory of the party in the 2020 election and our great party was formed based on these principles and as such, everything is expected to be done according to the rules and regulations of the party.” Mr. Entsuah said.