The Volta Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has over the weekend organized a post-election 2020 retreat at the the Volta Serene hotel in the Regional capital, Ho.
The retreat sought to, among other things, review the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections to re-organize and re-strategize to re-capture political power come 2024.
The retreat urged the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Minority Caucus in Parliament NOT to accept any electoral reform proposed by the Jean Mensa/Bossman Asare-led Electoral Commission that may seek to ostensibly create an election-rigging one-party state.
Some notable party functionaries in attendance were Hon. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, National Chairman, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, former Speaker of Parliament, Ambassador Dan Abodakpi, Chairman Volta NDC Council of Elders, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the 2020 Vice Presidential Candidate, National and Regional Executives, Constituency Chairpersons and Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Members of the Council of Elders, Political Committee Members, Representatives of Pro Forum, Cadres, former MPs, MDCEs, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State and other appointees of the erstwhile NDC government.
The party in the Region extends its heartfelt condolence and sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives during the last general elections, and to those along the borders and the coast who are sufferings the pangs of the twin devastations of the continuous closure of the borders as well as frequent tidal waves.
They therefore call on the government to, as a matter of urgency, open the land borders and extend the sea defense wall to protect the people of Salakope, Adina, Agavedzi, Blekusu, and the surrounding communities from the perennial tidal waves.
According to Hon. James Gunu, the Regional Secretary, the Party expresses its profound appreciation to the gallant Traditional Rulers, Artisans, Market Women, Youth Groups, Transport Unions, Organized Labour, Civil Society Groups, Okada Operators, Professional Bodies, and all and sundry for their massive support before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.
He went ahead to indicate that the “overwhelming communal support received from the people culminated in the over Six Hundred Thousand votes for President Mahama and the 17 Parliamentary seats retained despite the brazen militarization and monetization of the polls, and its attendant vote-buying gimmicks” in the region.
According to the charismatic and vibrant Regional Secretary, the Party takes strong exception to the government and EC’s infringement on the fundamental rights of the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL) by denying them the right to participate in the Parliamentary elections for the Hohoe Constituency and, by extension, the right to representation in Ghana’s eighth Parliament.
He also reminded all the members of the NDC in the region that the party has not officially opened nominations for parliamentary primaries.
“It’s therefore against the party’s code of conduct for any member to embark on any form of campaign at this time. Persons engaged in such anti-party behavior are duly cautioned; the party would not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions against anyone found culpable,” a statement released after the post-election retreat stressed.
The statement further urged all party members of the party in the region to fully participate in the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
“We strongly believe Ghanaians will derive the full benefits of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) only when the NDC wins election 2024.”