The President, H. E John Dramani Mahama has officially been elected as the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after polling 99.5% of total votes cast at the special national delegates? congress in Kumasi.
A total of 2792 delegates voted out of which 11 were rejected with 13 saying no whiles 2768 said yes representing 99.5%. The total valid votes cast was 2781.
President Mahama contested the slot solely without any opposition following an endorsement from the National Executive Committee when he succeeded the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
Voting went on smoothly with delegates from all the 10 regions, party founders and national executives exercising their franchise at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Delivering a speech ahead of the voting, President Mahama bemoaned the poor management of the disagreements in the ruling party, which have deepened the disunity in the party. He has pledged to unite the rank and file of the party.
He said: ?God created us in diversity. He gave us different characteristics and different thoughts so we don?t expect that everybody behaves the same. There are bound to be disagreements.”
“In the past we have not managed those disagreements the way we should in appreciation to what God has done for us. Prof. Mills has paid the price and his death has opened a new door of opportunity for our great party, NDC, and I wish to pledge with your mandate as a leader I?ll do everything to open that door of opportunity and re-cement the bounds and opportunity that held us together as NDC.”
“I?ll do everything to restore the hope and confidence that members of our party and this country have in the leadership of the NDC,? he added.