The National Democratic Congress?(NDC) is making preparations for acongress?to endorse President?John Dramani Mahama as?the flag?bearer of?the party?in Kumasi on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Already more than 11 committees have started work in earnest towards ensuring a successfulcongress, which will also be used to launch the party?s 2012 campaign.

Accommodation for?the more than 4,000 delegates to?the congress?has been secured in the Kumasi metropolis. Delegates are expected to arrive on August 29, 2012 and on the morning of August 30, 2012 converge on the Kumasi Sports Stadium to endorse?President?John Mahama.

Delegates consist of 10 persons from each constituency, all ministers of state, district chief executives and Council of Elders. Those from the regions will include women organisers, chairmen of?regional executive?committees and regional secretaries, among others.

The committees include Publicity, Materials and Logistics,?CongressSecretariat, Elections, Standing Orders, Accreditation, Boarding and Lodging, Security, Medicals, Local Organising and Grounds.

After the election of?President?Mahama, the delegates and other party faithful would gather at the Jackson Park in Kumasi for the
launch of the party?s 2012 campaign aimed at retaining the presidential seat and increase its majority in Parliament.

According to the party’s National Organiser, Mr Yaw Boateng-Gyan, he beleives delegates will overwhelmingly?vote for President?Mahama to honour the memory of latePresident?Mills and also ensure that the NDC had capable hands to complete the Better Ghana agenda, as well as secure a landslide victory for?the party?in the December polls.

He explained that it was the late?President?Mills who spotted?PresidentMahama, made him the running mate in 2008 and realising the affable and hardworking nature of then Vice-President?Mahama, renominated him as his running mate for the 2012 elections.

?I am confident that if?President?Mills had been around he would have supported the candidature of John Mahama and gone ahead to campaign for him to ensure that he became the?President?of Ghana to continue with the social?democratic?agenda of?the party,? he said.

Mr Boateng-Gyan explained that?the party?decided on holding?the congress?on a weekday instead of the usual weekend, because the Electoral Commission (EC) was starting the exhibitions of the voters register, an exercise which required that all registered voters cross-checked their names and other details on Saturday, August 30, 2012.

He explained that since most of the delegates were party executive members at their various constituencies and regions, they needed to be around their registration centres to monitor the nationwide 10-day exercise.

A day after the demise of?President?Mills, who had been elected a year earlier as?the flag?bearer of the NDC for the 2012 general election,?the NationalExecutive Committee of?the party?met in Accra and endorsed?PresidentMahama as?the party?s flag bearer for the December general election.

At its emergency meeting, the NEC identified a lacuna in the party?s constitution with regard to the replacement of an elected flag bearer four months to elections.

The NEC, in accordance with Article 50 of the NDC constitution, endorsed the sole candidature of?President?Mahama for?the congress?in Kumasi.

The motion for the endorsement was moved on behalf of the Parliamentary caucus by Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minister of Communications, and seconded Mr Danny Annan, Vice Chairperson of the NDC, and Mr Kwasi Aboagye.

The party?executive had explained that the issue of the vacant position of a running mate would take place after the election of?President?Mahama as?the flag?bearer.?The flag?bearer is expected to nominate his running mate in consultation with party executives including the Council of Elders.


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