The first General Meeting of the National Forum of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)? Constituency Chairmen?? (NAFOCOC) has taken place in Accra.
The theme for the meeting was Promoting the Welfare and Sustenance of Political Activists for Accelerated Peace and Development.
The purpose of the meeting was to devise strategies for effective collaboration with the peace initiatives of various organisations to ensure that Ghana remains united after the delivery of judgment by the Supreme Court in the Election Petition.
In an address at the meeting in Accra over the weekend, the Hon Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, Member of Parliament for Ho West, called for the establishment of a Party School where party faithful would be groomed and schooled on the party?s Social Democratic ideology.
Hon Bedzrah called for strong party structures that would grow the party, adding that the NDC would be amending its constitution and invited all party members to make inputs.
Hon Mavis Ama Frimpong, who represented the Eastern Regional Minister, commended the constituency chairmen for their role in the 2012 and earlier elections, noting that elections were won from the grassroots through the efforts and hard work of constituency chairmen.
Hon Frimpong stressed the need for internal peace within the party, unity among party executives and respect for party structures, adding that a party which was not at peace with itself could not ensure the peace of the nation.
She expressed concern about the rejection by party executives of the President?s nominees for the positions of Municipal and District Chief Executives.
In a welcome address, Mr Stephen Edward Moore, National Co-ordinator of the Forum, explained the rationale behind the formation of NAFOCOC.
Mr Moore said? NAFOCOC was an association of constitutionally-elected chairmen who had mobilised themselves to bond up as one family for the effective implementation of common programmes that would enhance the growth of the party, promote the welfare of constituency executives and? hold Ghana always united and peaceful.
In his closing remarks, the Chairman for the occasion, Mr Nukunu Akyea, noted that the NDC had a social democratic agenda devoid of religious or ethnic affiliations.
Mr Akyea noted that the position of constituency chairman was a demanding one.
He commended the constituency chairmen for their role in the part?s electoral victories and urged them to prepare and execute succession plans in order to avoid leadership vacuums.
Member of Parliament for Afraim Plains North,Mr Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye,? has appealed to supporters of the National Democratic Congress not to celebrate after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on?August 29.
He said this is essential to safe guard the peace and unity of the nation saying: ?No matter how the verdict of the Supreme Court goes, we all have to accept it?.
The forum which brought together constituency chairmen of the party across the country with the exception of the Greater Accra Region was on the theme: ?Promoting the welfare and sustenance of political activists for accelerated peace and development?.
Conspicuously absent from the function were the current functional national executive committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), regional chairmen and Senior Ministers of State.
He urged the party chairmen to set aside the?August 25 -26, for a peace march throughout the country and use it to sensitize the people on the need to preserve the peace and stability of the nation.
Mr Didieye appealed to them to inculcate in the young ones the culture of tolerance and to avoid politics of insults.
?In your own small way, do something that will bring peace and development to our great party and the nation.
?Without peace, there can be no sustainable development,? he said.
Mr Didieye, himself a former constituency chairman and the youngest Member of Parliament in the current Parliament, said NAFOCOC is not a pressure group within the NDC, but rather it seeks to promote the well-being of both present and past constituency executives of the party.
He said the NDC?s match to victory in the 2016 election has begun and all must put their shoulders to the wheels.