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General News of Friday, 31 August 2018

Source: peacefmonline.com

Don't elect 'unprincipled, insincere' candidates - Rawlings cautions NDC delegates

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has urged delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to elect candidates of integrity into the leadership cadre of the party.

In a message to the NDC delegates ahead of their Regional elections this weekend, Mr. Rawlings noted that the outcome of the elections will potentially affect the party's future.

He therefore asked the delegates to "reject those whose conduct and lack of genuine commitment have contributed to the weakening of the party."

According to him, "In the recent past the monetization of our internal selection process has adversely affected the fortunes of the party. I therefore urge you to resist the influence of money and material inducements from those who are more interested in themselves and their selfish interests than in building a strong and effective party".

In a statement issued by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa of his Communication Directorate and copied to Peacefmonline.com, Mr. Rawlings advised the delegates to only "elect those who respect the essence of team work and who are principled, truthful and sincere.”



Below is the full text of his message:
“Delegates from all 275 constituencies will assemble at various designated centres to perform a very important democratic function on behalf of party constituents this weekend.

The outcome of these conferences will go a long way in determining the future direction of the party.

To ensure the consolidation and re-invigoration of our party, I urge delegates to listen to their constituents and elect persons of integrity who genuinely have the party at heart.

In the recent past, the monetization of our internal selection process has adversely affected the fortunes of the party. I, therefore, urge you to resist the influence of money and material inducements from those who are more interested in themselves and their selfish interests than in building a strong and effective party.

The rank and file must take the destiny of the party into their own hands and reject those whose conduct and lack of genuine commitment have contributed to the weakening of the party.

Delegates must elect those who respect the essence of teamwork and who are principled, truthful and sincere. Let us establish through the outcome of our regional elections, that we have learned from our recent past.

My best wishes to all our candidates and delegates.”

Issued By:

Kobina Andoh Amoakwa

(Communications Directorate)