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Politics of Thursday, 29 September 2011

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NDC vetting cancelled as aspirants turn up late

The Ablekuma North Constituency Secretary of the NDC Mohammed Ibn Issa Suka has decried the late turn-up of the two parliamentary aspirants for the constituency.
Both Ras Mubarak and his contender, Nat Addo failed to show up when the vetting panel sat this morning to vet them.
While Ras Mubarak was reported to have left his membership card at home and therefore needed to go back to pick it up, Nat Addo said he had to use a different route as the Dworwulu road had been diverted; a situation he did not know.
Mohammed Suka, who briefed Xfm 95.1 on why the vetting failed to come off said members of the panel which included the Regional Chairman and Secretary had to leave after waiting for 45 minutes for the aspirants to show up but to no avail.
According to him, he had informed the two candidates of the actual time for the process and was not expecting them to turn up late.
He condemned the act, describing it as “a sad reflection of people who are going to represent us at the legislature”.
Asked whether there will be sanctions, Mohammed said the Regional Secretary has informed the national executives and that they were waiting for directives from above.
Meanwhile, Ras Mubarak has apologized profusely to the Regional Minister and Secretary for the role he played that led to the cancellation of the process.
In a press release shortly after he had been informed about the cancellation, Ras Mubarak said the “incident was most regrettable”.
He didn’t state the reason why he was late, but said “I want to offer my heartfelt apologies to the entire NDC family and to assure the party that it would not be repeated”.
Xfm 95.1/Accra/Ghana

Below is the full details of Ras Mubarak’s statement.


Accra: 28th September 28, 2011:

I wish to extend my sincerest apology to the Rt. Hon. Regional Minister, NDC Regional Secretary, the entire Regional and Constituency Executives and my supporters for the role I played in the cancelation of today’s vetting.
I and my opponent were late for the vetting, an incident I find most regrettable. The incident is most regrettable and I want to offer my heartfelt apologies to the entire NDC family and to assure the party that it would not be repeated. I feel extremely embarrassed by the inconvenience my lateness may have caused the executives, the party and my supporters.
I am deeply sorry.


Ras Mubarak:
Aspiring NDC parliamentary candidate: