Yaw Brogya Genfi, the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) Deputy Director of special duties, has cautioned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to sit up and take responsibility for the mishaps that occurred during its most recent Super Delegates Conference.
He acknowledged that the issue is an internal one for the NPP, but he asserted that everyone in politics, especially the National Democratic Congress (NDC), should be interested in how the party handles its internal affairs, as long as the delegates’ elections in the future are held in a public setting.
Considering the NPP is the ruling party and whatever it does would expose its intentions for the opposition party, he claimed that the NDC at its top levels has a deep interest in and will be monitoring the NPP’s internal elections.
“10 persons contested and the party’s rules that they made was very clear that they are to select 5 persons out of the 10. And out of that 5, they will be put before the larger delegates system to elect one of them. So, this is just the first phase of it and the kind of report that I have read about the process so far is very worrying. And I think that the NPP must sit up and do things right. Because from the beginning of the entire process about to this point, it’s been lawlessness and illegality all over.
“You can feel it, you can smell it throughout the process. From how the voting was conducted, how delegates arrived at the polling station and all that. I heard that in the North East Region, the entire delegates together with the ministers, all came in one bus in Nalerigu. So, delegates coming from Kyerepone cannot be in the same bus with delegates coming from Yagaba because these are two extremely apart constituencies.”Yaw Brogya Genfi
This, according to him, was evidence that everything had been orchestrated and designed to benefit Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in particular. He claimed that he was not shocked to learn that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia received every vote cast in the North East Region and that none of the other candidates received even one.
Moreover, he asserted that the confidentiality of the ballot, which is something that is crucial to any election process, had contaminated the process’s integrity. Furthermore, he said that the entire process was tainted when it was revealed that delegates casted votes and revealed it.
He added that he is still perplexed by the NPP’s silence about stories of voters who publicly displayed their ballots.
“So, people show their ballots at this level where the least of the persons in the Super Delegates is the constituency chairman; the least in terms of importance within party government. And if a minister or a government appointee or a national executive or regional executive committee member would vote and show, it means that the person is under pressure to disclose his choice.
“There is some kind of trust deficit in the entire process. And for me, that is very bad for the NPP and the party must condemn it and make sure that in subsequent elections, no such thing happens.”Yaw Brogya Genfi
Attack On Polling Agents Should Be Condemned
Yaw Brogya Genfi commented on the beating of the party agents and said that everyone should condemn this act.
He contended that since this is a democratic nation, election oversight must be provided by elected officials. “If you take hostage of agent of aspirants, then how does the system become transparent? Who monitors the process?”, he questioned.
“The beating of Alans agent and all of the things that went on, I am very worried as a member of the NDC looking into the 2024 elections. Because the level of desperation that has been exhibited in this Super Delegate Conference shows that the NPP is very desperate and they do not conform to the principles of free and transparent elections. And they can do anything for power.
“It is not anything different from what we witnessed in the 2020 election, the only difference it tells us is that it can get worse in 2024 and I’m very surprised that the police service has said nothing about what went on.”Yaw Brogya Genfi