The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has withdrawn Rule 6 C, Sub-section VI of its Guidelines for the conduct of the parties Regional Congress.
The said Rule, 6 C, Sub-section VI “In addition a member of the party shall not qualify to vie for Regional Executive Committee position unless the member has prior to seeking election, held an executive position in the Constituency,” has caused some level of controversies within the party leading to court actions being brought against the party by some affected individuals.
However, at a press briefing held at the party’s headquarters after an emergency NEC meeting, the General Secretary of the Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia noted that, the deletion of the said rule was to address the disagreements surrounding the regional congress.
He averred that the said Rule 6 C, Sub-section VI, has attracted majority of challenges the party is faced with as far as court issues are concern and that, the Functional Executive Committee as well as NEC have taken a second look at the composition of the Guidelines and deem it appropriate to delete that from the guidelines so as to settle the rising tensions.
He explained that, it was a fact that some people were affected in one way or the other by the inclusion of the said rule in the guidelines and hence were unable to file their nominations, but the current development has allowed for a re-opening of nominations for five (days) to enable those who were disadvantaged and disqualified to file and contest.
According to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the party is also considering the Judge’s order for an out of court settlement of the disputes emanated from the guidelines and in due time, both the Accused and the Plaintiffs would come to a compromise to see the party move forward in the right direction.
He also explained that the party submits to the rule of law and will continue to pursue strategies that will ensure total expression of democracy within the party.