‘Probe reckless handling of constituency elections’

The Concerned Eastern Regional caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed displeasure with the handling of the just-ended constituency elections by the Regional Executives of the party.

This comes on the back of delays in voting at the just-ended constituency elections of the party in the Eastern Region. 

“We condemn the manner in which the elections was conducted by the Regional Election Committee without any reservation due to the shoddy manner in which an election committee set up by the regional team handled the printing and distribution of election materials for not more than 33 constituencies,” the caucus said.

In a statement issued in the Eastern Region said the reckless handling of the elections resulted in almost all the constituency elections not happening on the appointed date, leading to frustration and disappointment of contestants, delegates, members, supporters, faithful of the party and all officials including the Electoral Commission and the police who had assembled for the exercise from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. when the exercise had to be called off. 

It said to make matters worse, the officials with the responsibility to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the exercise could not be reached on phone readily to explain why the election materials were not being delivered and when one was lucky to speak to any of them lies were told about the delivery.

The statement said from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. only a few constituencies received their election materials and demanded an immediate inquiry into the reckless handling of such an important NDC exercise and appropriate sanctions be brought against all those who had proved incompetent in handling the exercise, especially those who were seeking re-election to manage affairs in the region.

“We will not allow a few selfish and disgruntled members to tarnish the image of the party and persons who cannot show enough commitment, dedication and loyalty to the party and its vision of helping build a better country to give way to courageous and focused members to lead NDC into the elections in 2024,” it said.

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