By A A Yayra
The Greater Accra Constituency Secretaries Forum (GACSEF) of the National Democratic Congress has advised the party?s National Executive Committee (NEC) to exercise caution and circumspection on plans to expand the party?s Electoral College.
According to them, rather than rushing to implement that policy, the ?status quo? which allows for only four branch executives to vote in electing parliamentary candidates and constituency executives should be maintained and the proposal deferred to congress to allow for time to weigh both the merits and or, demerits.
In a release signed on behalf of the secretaries by the Constituency Secretary of the Ablekuma North NDC, Mohammed Suka, the GACSEF, though in favor of the proposed amendment noted that it would be proper to maintain the current status quo until congress approves the proposed one.
?The Secretaries Forum advisedly would urge the National Executive Committee to let the party adhere to the current status quo of selecting party officers from the branches through to the National Executive Committee and defer the proposals to congress for adoption and the implementation subsequently. This we believe will make room for time and the financial challenges which we have identified as impediments to the smooth and coherent implementation of these proposals,? the statement added.
The NDC NEC in August this year sent out proposals to constituencies to increase its Electoral College to give opportunity for the grassroots to participate in electing leaders for the party from the constituency level through to parliamentary candidates to presidential candidates.
The proposal was for the constituencies to either approve of nine branch executives instead of the four to vote in electing party executives, parliamentary candidates and flag bearer or an option to allow all registered card bearing party members to participate in the decision-making of the party even with the selecting of a flag-bearer.
The intended amendment the GACSEF said ?is what has to happen in the party whose philosophy is Social Democracy that believes in the equality and the egalitarian treatment of all persons irrespective of their Social, Cultural, Educational, Political, and Religious and Economic status?
But said if it was deferred to congress for adoption, ?it will make room for time and the financial challenges which we have identified as impediments to the smooth and coherent implementation of these proposals?
?Timing is of the essence in this regard as the party is obliged by the NDC constitution article 16(1) to hold constituency and other party office holders? elections within twelve (12) months after every general election to elect party officers. We are of the opinion that at the current rate of party activities, this dates may not be adhered to and thus urge the National Executive Committee to relook at the programme of the party, to forestall any constitutional crisis.
Economically, the proposal which also suggests the biometric registration of party people, would require a huge financial out lay, procurement of machines, training of personnel, mobilization and publicity etc. and this we don?t see can be done efficiently in the limited time at our disposal now,? the group added.