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17.11.2008 Elections

NDC Sacks Two Members

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sacked two of its members for filing their nominations to contest as independent parliamentary candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the NDC, the two, Mr Christopher Zuta and Munir Ahmed, who filed as independent candidates for Ningo Prampram and Akan constituency respectively, have been expelled with immediate effect.

A press statement signed by Baba Jamal, said “these persons attempted and failed to secure the party's nomination”.

“All party executive and members of the NDC are to take note of the expulsion and are cautioned against any type of support for the said persons,” it said.

• In another development, Samuel Duodu reports from Sunyani that hundreds of supporters of the NDC from the Sunyani East and West constituencies in the Brong Ahafo Region on Saturday embarked on a three-hour peace walk through some principal streets in the Sunyani municipality to drum home the need for every Ghanaian to ensure peaceful, free and fair polls on December 7.

The peace march, which was led by Messrs Samuel Justice Adjei, Nyamekye Maafo and Mohammad Kwaku Doku, the party's parliamentary candidates for Sunyani East and West and Asunafo North respectively, as well as the Regional Women Organiser, Madam Zinabu Mohammed, and some regional executive members was on the theme “Change for Peace and Development”.

Some of the placards that were displayed during the walk, read “We want free and fair election”, “We will not accept any declaration by anybody except EC”, “No power outage on Election Day”, “We will resist any intimidation”, “Media be fair to NDC”, “Religious leaders speak out” “No fairness, No acceptance of Results”, “Police assert your independence”, “No governmental control of EC” and “No governmental control of the Judiciary”.

The jubilant supporters who went on the walk also danced and sang party songs composed for the party's Presidential candidate, Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, and the party.

The NDC supporters later converged on the Victoria Park where they were addressed by Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the General Secretary of the party, some parliamentary candidates and the Regional Chairman, Mr John Owusu Agyeman.

Mr Nketiah in his address said the rationale for organising the peace walk was to impress on Ghanaians to ensure a peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections on December 7.

He stated that if the country was to have a peaceful, free and fair election on December 7, then it behoves all Ghanaians, especially religious and traditional leaders, to speak against the overt and covert means to rig the elections, saying this had been the major concerns raised by the NDC all along from the beginning of the opening of the voters registration period through to the voters register exhibition and up to the voters transfer that was ongoing.

The NDC General Secretary continued that there were some irregularities in all these processes but as of now eminent Ghanaians, especially religious and traditional rulers, as well as the civil societies that were preaching peace before, during and after the election, had not spoken about these irregularities, which could be a recipe for chaos and confusion.