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16.03.2009 NDC News

Do extensive consultations beyond party executives …NDC youth activist tells President

By William N. Jalulah, Bolgatanga - Ghanaian Chronicle

An activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and also the Upper East Regional Media Coordinator of the party, Mr. Paul John Danka has called on His Excellency, President J.E.A Mills, to do extensive consultations beyond party executives and lobbyists, when considering the appointments of District or Municipal Chief Executives (DMCEs).

He contended that the issue of wider consultations had become a matter of concern within the rank and file of the party's foot soldiers, whose contributions towards the electoral victory of the party could not be underestimated.

Since the potential DMCEs would be administering directly or closely with the grass root folks, there was the need for grass root consultations in order to arrive at personalities who will be committed to the party manifesto that led it to electoral victory last year.

Mr. Danka's call was contained in a press statement he issued in Bolgatanga. He said as a party, the NDC needed to recognize the fact that its fortunes of retaining power in 2012 would depend largely on the actions and in actions, and the achievements of these potential DMCEs in terms of development.

Therefore, there should be an extensive background checks on these potential DMCEs so as to avoid any future embarrassments. Though Mr. Danka appreciated the diverse contributions of party faithful from all walks of life during the campaign period, he appealed to the President to be wary of lobbyists who would present their favourites for consideration.

These were party faithfuls who may or might have left their districts and municipalities or in some cases, had never settled at all, at the said districts or municipalities they were seeking to be administrators of.

According to Mr. Danka, residents of such areas did not see the works of some of the personalities lobbying for positions, since they were not available to propagate the party's manifesto during the election campaign at the said areas.