By Cecil Mensah
The Greater Accra Regional executives of the governing National Democratic Congress(NDC) , has indicated that, it has taken over the release and sale of nomination forms for three constituencies in the region for the nationwide parliamentary primary slated for November 7, 2016.
The three constituencies are; Kloley Klottey, Shai-Osudoku and Ablekuma Central, it is expected that canvassing for votes in these Constituencies, would be characterized by biases and some character assignation on the part of the Constituency executives in the run –up to the day of primary, hence the decision.
The Herald has learnt that, the region was being proactive in averting all the ruses that would mar the beauty of the election in the above mentioned Constituencies.
The Herald has been informed that, the decision to hold onto the release and sale of forms for these Constituencies and aspirants to purchase it at the region was to ensure peace during and after the primary.
Party insiders say, the action was to avert any act of conflict of interest on the part of some functional executives in the three Constituencies.
In all the thirty –four Constituencies in the region, the party, had held onto the forms of the three Constituencies, raising some eyebrows as to whether party officials were scheming to shield the high profile individuals, who are seeking to lead the party in the three Constituencies.
According to the party, its decision to hold onto the forms at the regional secretariat was to ensure fairness and avoid biases towards all the aspirants seeking to contest on the party’s slot and to subsequently lead the party in the 2016 parliamentary elections.
The three Constituencies are being contested by high profile individuals of the party namely; Dr Ezenator Rawlings, daughter of the Founder of the NDC and ex-President, Jerry John Rawlings, Mr Kpessa Whyte, a Presidential Staffer, and Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) and Mr Peter Otokunor Boamah, a Deputy Chief Executive of National Youth Authority (NYA) and a Director of Research of the NDC.
Dr Ezenator Rawlings, is going for the Kloley Klottey Constituency; Mr Kpessa Whyte, is going for Shai-Osodoku, and Mr Peter Otokunor for Ablekuma Central.
Dr Ezenator, is expected to battle it out with the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and former Minister for Manpower and Labour Relations, Nii Armah Ashietey.
Even before the party blows the whistle for the start of campaign, NDC executives have shown their bias towards the daughter of the ex-President.
The Constituency executives are reported to have told Star Fm, an Accra based radio station that, they are not sure of the commitment of Dr. Ezenator Rawlings towards the party in the Consituency.
According to the Constituency secretary, Richmond Dizzy Quaye, the daughter of the former President is not known in the Constituency.
“Well, she is not known in the constituency and we the executives are not really aware of her. I can’t say the NDC members in this area know her as an active member,” he said.
In spite of these machinations, Dr. Ezenator Rawlings, last Friday picked forms to contest the Korle Klottey primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Dr Kpessaa Whyte, a former lecturer at the University of Ghana African Studies Department, is expected to have a run for his money as David Tetteh Asuming, the incumbent is
also seeking re-election.
Mr Peter Otokunor , is expected to sail through, but his Constituency Chairman, has also declared his intension to vie for the vacant seat, as the incumbent, Tetteh Chai, has indicated to the party, he is not seeking re-election.
The Herald, has also learnt that the Constituency Secretary of the Ablekuma Central, has also joined the campaign of Alhaji Haruna Alidu, former Spokes person for the organization of the annual pilgrimage to Hajj and permanent panelist on Asempa FM’s Saturday Morning socio-political show hosted by Kwadwo Baffour Acheampong (KABA) in Accra.
So far all the aspirants seeking to contest the primary in these Constituencies, were made to pick their nomination forms from the regional office, instead of the party’s Constituency offices.
When The Herald contacted the Regional Secretary of the party, Mr Victior Quarshie Adonoo, he confirmed the party has taken over the release of the forms to avert any conflict of interest situation.
He said, the region was only supervising the release of the forms and not the organization of the primary for the Constituencies.