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Our reforms meant to empower our disgruntled grass root supporters-Boahen Featured

Written by  Oct 18, 2017
A Deputy Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen has said the party belongs to the grass root however, they are sometimes neglected when the party wins power. He said, the grass root is an integral part of the party but they have been neglected on several occasions. Kwaku Boahen told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, it was time the party gives them the necessary attention so they will contribute to the success of the party.   He was responding to the reforms adopted by the NDC towards their reorganization and restructuring.   He was optimistic the party will win power in 2020 due to the implementation of the Kwesi Botchwey report. The NDC has scrapped its biometric register because it was a credible document. Party Chairman, Kofi Portuphy announced at a media encounter yesterday [Tuesday] the decision to scrap the register was unanimous by the National Executive Committee (NEC).   He said, ‘’In line with the wishes of the majority of our party members and in the wake of recommendations made by the Election Review Committee led by Prof. Botchwey, the NEC, which is the highest decision making body after congress, unanimously voted for the scrapping of the register which was used to conduct our internal elections last year.’’ NEC he said decided to adopt the manual process of capturing the names of members, at all branches nationwide. The decision to scrap the biometric register he indicated was because the biometric register, did not meet the required standards to make it qualify for a biometric register.   The new process to be adopted is intended to restore integrity to the party’s register and it will become the basis of the new process that the party is going to capture the names of our members. Party members he stated were not happy with the registration exercise conducted previously and the dissatisfaction caused ‘’us a lot in the last election and we have no option but to discard the old register and create a new one which will have a lot of integrity and will also b accepted by all. He stressed that the new process will revive all branches of the party and to also make the branches the most important entry point as far as membership is concerned. Mr. Boahen explaining further said, the reforms are geared towards empowering the grass root. ‘’We have always neglected the grass root but we want to empower them through these reforms so they will contribute towards our victory in 2020.We want them to own the party at the branch level. We want to appeal to them to forget the past and focus on the future. Sometimes, when we win power, we neglect them, but we want to stress the need for them to forget the past. The reforms we are implementing have united our front,'' he said.

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