Koforidua, Dec. 21, GNA - The Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Baba Jamal, has asked all branches of the party to start preparations towards the organization of elections for new executives in all branches of the party. He said the organization of the elections was to launch the start of activities towards the party's national congress scheduled for early next year and as part of the total preparation of the party towards winning the 2008 elections.
Mr Jamal was speaking at a meeting of the Eastern Regional executive and parliamentary candidates of the party in the just-ended 2004 elections and constituency executives at Koforidua on Friday. He observed that, it was only a "robust and living opposition party" that could win over 44 per cent at an elections, saying the NDC needed to take advantage of the situation and project itself into power by 2008.
Mr Jamal said, the national executive of the party had held a preliminary meeting to look at some basic problems that made the party to lose the chance of coming to power and had put in place machinery to mobilize the necessary resources required by the party to win the next elections.
On behalf of the national executive of the party, Mr Jamal thanked all functionaries for a good work done and urged them not to be daunted by the results of the elections but to keep up their resilient posture and fight on till the party achieves the final victory in 2008. The Eastern Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Fred Ohene-Kena, said reports of vote buying, intimidation and harassment of members of the party in the constituencies by some supporters of the New Patriotic Party were disturbing.
He cautioned that, if measures were not taken soon to control the situation, it could destroy the democratic culture, which the country is trying to build.
Mr Ohene-Kena explained that under the party's constitution, after elections if the flag bearer of the party loses, the national chairman and the national executive assume the leadership of the party.