A leading contender in the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primary race in the Keta constituency, Dr Senanu Djokoto, has appealed to the party’s Appeals Committee in relation to the clearance of Dr Emmanuel Jones Mensah, another aspirant to contest the primaries.
In an appeal sighted by Ghananewsonline.com.gh, Dr Djokoto said, it was his considered view that the vetting committee erred in it’s decision that Dr Jones Mensah meets the mandatory requirements of Regulation 2.1(III) of the party’s Guidelines for clearing parliamentary candidates for the 2024 general election.
The guidelines provided that a person desirous of contesting for the position of parliamentary candidate “shall be an active member of the party in the constituency for not less than 4 years immediately pending the date of filing their nominations.”
He said, he finds the vetting committee’s decision to accept a letter from Dr Jones Mensah purporting to dissociate himself from an established fraudulent registration conduct on the basis of which the committee proceeded to set aside the ruling of the General Secretary of the party, untenable.
“I also find the vetting committee’s investigation into the alleged Ashaiman membership of the aspirant inconclusive, as no effort was made by the committee to authenticate the said alleged membership,” he said.
Dr Djokoto said, he had dutifully served the NDC in the Keta constituency and was aware that most members and executives valued truth, honesty and integrity for which reason, he believes that every well-meaning member and stakeholder should be interested in fair and just resolution of the matter.y or other
He further said, any decision on Dr Jones Mensah’s legibility or otherwise “may adversely affect me as a candidate in the election.”
“Under the circumstances, I believe that it will be prudent for the Appeals committee to lay this matter to rest to forestall any legal tussles that can arise from same,” he said.
By Leo Nelson