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Various constituencies in the Greater Accra region came alive with party activities of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the weekend as the party embarked on its Branch elections exercise. The streamlined operations of the NDC at the polling station (Branch) level were manifest in the election exercises conducted over the weekend in thousands of Branches across various constituencies in the region, DFS Live News can report
There were initial apprehensions among party executives and aspiring officers in the region about the process when, on the eve of the Vetting, Mr. Ade Coker, the NDC Regional Chairman purportedly wrote to some constituencies to suspend their reorganization process while instructing others to only partially conduct the process. Calm and order however returned when, in barely 24 hours, another letter emerged from the office of the regional Chairman superseding the earlier letter and effectively rescinding the orders to put elections of the Branch Executives on hold fully and partially in those constituencies. The Vetting process which lasted for two days from Tuesday, August 2 to Wednesday, 3rd August, had regional and national executives of the party monitoring the process. In most centres the process was extensively and rigorously carried out, resulting in the disqualification of some members.
A tour of the various election centres across the constituencies show rigorous exercise being carried out. In most areas, the executives were sworn into office through popular acclamation from their members whiles some had to be subjected to the voting process and counting of ballots to determine who emerge as leaders. In the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, the process was smooth and peaceful in all the centres DFS Live News visited. Party members conducted the exercise with enthusiasm and camaraderie under the supervision of Constituency Executive members, with the Regional Youth organizer, Mr. Thomas Ashong as the leader of the Greater Accra regional delegation. Mr. Ashong, who monitored the vetting process in most centres, was again deeply involved in the supervision of the voting and acclamation processes on Saturday and Sunday in the constituency.
Of the 34 constituencies in the region, the NDC won 20 seats in Parliament in the 2020 general elections with the remaining 14 held by the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The party is aiming to win more seats in the crucial 2024 polls and also form the next government after the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led NPP government which has received poor ratings from the general public and international rating agencies with the latest being a 19-year low downgrade of the economy from B- to CCC+.