The Washington Metro Branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the U.S.A has elected new executives to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years. The Washington Metro branch of the NDC is the oldest overseas branches and the first of all the NDC branches in the U.S. The branch has been very instrumental in the campaign activities of the NDC over the years. Notably in the 2008 campaign, the Washington Metro branch played a crucial role in organizing forums for discussing national issues.
The swearing-in ceremony also coincided with the 20th anniversary celebration of the NDC party. Many members and sympathizers of the party thronged to the Takoma Park meeting venue of the Washington Metro chapter to celebrate this milestone and to show their support and solidarity for the party.
The election itself was very keenly but peaceful contested with candidates conducting themselves in ways that speak volumes of their political maturity and the cordiality that is needed for strengthening a mammoth organization such as the NDC. Those elected, according to the new regulations on tenure, will steer the affairs of the party for the next two years, as opposed to the current tenure of four -year term.
Those elected to serve for the next two years were:
1. Charles Kpodzo Chairman
2. Angela Anim-Yankah Vice Chairperson
3. Francis Agbodzah Secretary
4. Frederick Johnson Deputy Secretary
5. John Feddy Treasurer
6. Georgina Agbemave Deputy Treasurer
7. Daniel Baiden Financial Secretary
8. Evans Asigbee Organizer
9. Alexander Ayensu Deputy Organizer
10. Betty Kudoto Women Organizer
11. Helena Yeboah Deputy Women Organizer
12. Kafui Agbo Welfare Officer
13. Bright Kumawu Assistant Welfare Officer
14. Lawrence Appiah-Osei Publicity/Public Relations Officer
15. Mike Artcher Youth Organizer
In his farewell address, the outgoing Chairman, Professor Kwame Agyenim-Boateng cautioned members to be on the alert distorted views about the party's unity and support the new administration.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman-elect, Mr. Charles Kpodzo, thanked his predecessors Prof. Kwame Agyenim- Boateng and the previous executives, including himself and many of the new executives for their contributions to the party's activities over the years. He promised to work hard and to do the peoples' work in humility and in truth. He thanked all present for their votes and support. He pledged to put in place positive agenda for the party in the coming months to help attract many new members. He expressed his outmost appreciation to the electoral committee Chairman, Mr. Francis Ameyaw, for supervising a free and fair election “In weeks and months to come, you will be seeing processes that will lead to a membership drive, education, and policy discussions. Let us all work together to ensure that our party remains the hope for our country, Ghana,” Mr. Charles Kpodzo said.
Inducting and swearing into office of the new executives, were the Ghana's Deputy Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Mrs. Edith Hazel, and NDC International Relations Personnel, Hon. Kofi Attor, who were also present to grace the occasion and to support its activities. Hon. Attor took the opportunity to educate members of the new terms for tenure of office in the NDC party. Important among them are: (i) Any member who wishes to be elected into office must be a card bearing member for at least four years (ii). Elected officers will then go on to serve four years, as opposed to the previous two-year term.
The cake cutting ceremony was performed by H.E. Mrs. Edith Hazel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the NDC party. Other invited guests in attendance were The Deputy National Organizer (NDC USA), Hon. Ed Kraku, and the chairman of the New York branch of the NDC, Alhaji Abbass Adamu.
God bless the NDC and God bless Ghana. Eye Zu, Eye Za!!!
Compiled by Mr. Francis Agbodzah and Frederick Johnson, Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Washington, D.C Metro NDC respectively. Signed by Charles Kpodzo, Chairman
NDC Washington Metro
United States of America.