By Cecil Mensah
The immediate past Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly, and aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Ledzokuku Constituency, Mr Daniel Amartey Mensah, has admitted that, the decision by the National Executives Committee (NEC) of the party to expand the Electoral College was the best decision ever taken by the party, since its inception some 23 years ago.
Mr Amartey, who is running to unseat Madam Sena Okitty Dua, the incumbent MP for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, made this admission in an interview with The Herald, after he picked nomination forms at the Constituency office of the party to formally announce his decision to run for the 2017 Parliament.
Mr Amartey, is expected to slug it out with the former MP for the area, Nii Nortey Dua, one time Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, one Mr Gilbert Amartey Mensah, and the incumbent MP in the November 7, 2015, nationwide primary of the NDC.
According to Mr Amartey, the decision to expand the electoral college of the party, is in sync with the party’s traits as a congress of people.
He revealed, the decision was a right move to give power to the grass root of the party, and to assure them that, they are the heart beat of the party going into elections 2016.
He said, the decision to open up the Electoral College, was to give the supporters of the party trump card to take decision on the choice leaders for the party.
He added, this feat would spur the party on to trounce the twice defeated Presidential candidate of the largest opposition the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, come the December 7, 2016.
He took the opportunity to commend the NEC of the party for the decision they have taken to recognize the efforts of the grass root supporters of the party.
He mentioned that, the NDC cannot claim to be a party of the grassroot, when a handful of people gather by way of an Electoral College to elect leaders for the mass of the people.
He explained that the decision to expand the Electoral College indicate that the party is living its accolade of a mass party for the ordinary Ghanaian living everywhere.
Spelling out why he is contesting as MP, after losing the Regional Chairmanship slot to Mr Joseph Ade-Coker in the fiercely contested regional election, Mr Amartey, said the decision to test as MP for the Constituency stem from the numerous calls he had received from the constituents.
“I live in the area with the people I understand their difficulties and the people recognize my efforts towards the party since 2000 till date”.
He said, the constituents are yearning for a change of leadership at the constituency, saying the constituents want leaders they get access to anytime.
According to him, among the people gunning for the MP slot in the Constituency he stands tall as he comes across as a native who understands their need.
The people want leaders who will show them some respect and some dignity and not leaders who will treat them with scorn He argued.
The former MCE said he was in the race to restore the trust of the people since apathy has taken over the mood of the constituents since the current leadership assumed office.
He noted that if the current leadership of the party does not change at the Constituency level, the NDC will find it difficult winning the seat for the third conservative times.
“I have provided 23 years of dedicated service to the party and the people of the Constituency and it is about time the constituents reward me by voting me as the next MP”.
He said, among the people running for the slot, “I stand tall among the people jostling for the position”