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04.12.2007 PNC News

Mr Mahama Elected PNC Presidential Candidate

By GNA
Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama, yesterday, was elected the presidential candidate for the People's National Convention (PNC) at the Party's Delegates Conference held in Bolgatanga.
     
This is the fourth time the PNC has elected Dr Edward Mahama as its flag bearer.  He polled 534 votes to beat the other contestant, Professor Yakubu Saaka who got 400 votes.  The over one thousand delegates drawn from all the PNC constituencies also voted to elect their National Executives.
     
Mr Benard Monah who contested for the General Secretary of the party polled 691 votes to beat his opponents Dr Somtim Tubiga and Mr Santua Niagia who got 154 and 106 votes respectively.
     
The National Organiser went to Mr Bayirga Haruna who polled 362 to beat Mr Abubakari K. Ebla and Mr.Godly Baba Ali who got 318 and 250votes respectively.
     
The Member of Parliament of the Party for the Bolgatanga Constituency Mr David Apasera was elected as the National Treasurer of the party with 660 votes as against Mr David Nibi who polled 264 votes.
     
Hajia Alima Ajara Ali was elected as the National Women Organiser with 634 votes as against her opponent Ms Patricia Kanji who got 281 votes.
     
Mr Emmanuel Wilson got the National Youth Organiser with 710 votes to beat his contestant Mr Iddrisu Andani Mu-azu who had 215 votes.  The position of Vice Chairman was deferred to a later date due to the uncertainty about the exact number of people contesting the position.     

Dr Edward Mahama in his victory speech said the real winners of the elections was the Party, because of the way it was held peacefully and successfully and that the elections was a sign that the Party's self inflicted wounds had healed.  He said it was also a victory for Ghana's democracy.
     
Asked by Journalists, after his election whether he was not tired of being the presidential candidate, Dr Mahama said the commitment of the people kept him going on.  He thanked the security services and the media for their good work and urged journalists not to relent in giving good coverage to the opposition parties.
     
Mr Adams M. Iddrisu, Upper East Regional Director of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) supervised the election.  Meanwhile the elections, which were scheduled to start on Saturday morning dragged on to the early hours of Sunday.
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