The Functional Executives Committee (FEC) of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) has intervened to settle confusion over the venue for Saturday’s regional election.
The Eastern Regional Chairman John Owusu Amankrah alias Jowak is insisting the election be held in Anakarzo Center in Akuapem North Municipality contrary to Koforidua Technical University chosen by FEC.
Speaking to Journalists in Koforidua, the General Secretary of NDC Johnson Asiedu said due to misunderstanding among the regional executives the Functional Executives of the party has formed a taskforce to supervise the election and have therefore chosen Koforidua Technical University as the venue.
“Ordinarily, the Regional chairman in consultation with the Regional executives will choose venue but the constitution of the party also makes room for other options that when there is misunderstanding among the party executives the constitution gives the General Secretary power to choose venue for the party and date” .
“So in the Eastern region, the party has observed misunderstanding among the executives since the registration of members so we deployed people from the National to supervise the exercise as well as the branch election. During the constituency elections, we set up a taskforce to supervise the election due to the misunderstanding. So it has reached a point the party has to apply the constitutional provisions. So I consulted the Functional Executives to set up a taskforce to supervise the election. The chairman for the taskforce is Hon. Tom Budu, former DCE for Akyemansa” Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.
“So I communicated to the candidates to work with the taskforce which is responsible for the election. So the taskforce has selected Koforidua Technical University as the venue. So all the delegates should take note and come to Koforidua Technical University.If you go to any other venue we will mark you absent”.
About 40 candidates are vying for the regional election with some over 1024 delegates expected to vote.
The Regional Chairmanship election is keenly being contested by Dr. Mark Oliver Kevor, a former Regional Secretary and Parliamentary aspirant former Regional chairman Bismark Tawiah Boateng, and Basil Ahiable, Mr. William Atamudzi, incumbent Regional Vice chairman and Incumbent Chairman John Owusu Amankrah [Jowak) .
Bismark Tawiah Boateng, is accusing the incumbent chairman JOWAK of breaching the party’s constitution for also selecting a parallel venue for the regional election leading to the confusion.
He called on all delegates to ignore the regional Chairman and heed to the directives of the functional Executives Committee directives with regards to KTU as venue for the election.
The Regional Youth and women’s organizer elections were held at Nsawam a week ago ahead of the main Regional conference.
Richard Etornam Nyarko who was Deputy Regional Youth Organizer defeated the incumbent Regional Youth Organizer, Emmanuel Okai Minta.
Richard Nyarko polled 55 votes as against 52 votes obtained by Okai Minta
With the deputy Regional youth organizer, Evans Srenyame had 17 votes Tetteh Nathaniel polled 23 ,while Fohad Abgenyadzi had 51 and Eric Kwasi Agyapong polled 14 votes.
Women organizer election , Shirley Naana Ampem Osei retained her seat with 39 votes as against 34 votes Evelyn Korang
In the deputy Women’s organizer contest Rita Awatey Akosua had 23 votes, Linda Ahenkora -20 votes .
Faustina Effah Boadi polled 28 votes whilst Sahadatu Ibrahim had 1 vote.