July 13, 2011

The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Zebilla Cletus Avoka, has cautioned NDC members who are nursing ambitions of becoming parliamentary candidates on the party’s ticket not to start any campaign activities now.

He said the party has not yet announce commencement of date for parliamentary primaries and any such move by aspirants would be in breach of the party’s constitution and electoral guidelines.

His warning comes in the wake of a turf war involving the incumbent Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopn who intends to re-run and another aspirant who is a Reverend Minister, a situation which has created a lot of tension in the constituency.

The aspirant is alleged have started campaigning to unseat the incumbent MP and has been occasionally meeting party delegates in his house, which also serves as a meeting place for La Dadekotopon NDC ward.

Speaking on Radio Gold on Wednesday 13th July 2011, the Majority Leader, Cletus Avoka warned aspirants not to initiate campaign activities particularly in constituencies that have NDC parliamentarians occupying the seat, as that aside breaching the party’s laws also negatively affects work of parliament.

“If sitting MPs become aware some people have started moves to unseat them, they the MPs would definitely boycott parliamentary sittings and be in their constituencies to also meet with constituents and campaign, there by affecting the passage of important bills and formulation of legislative instruments which are needed to ensure the growth of the country’’ he said.

He noted that the party from August 2011, will set dates for holding parliamentary primaries in constituencies where the opposition parties occupy seats (orphan constituencies), adding that the party is yet to come out with a date for holding primaries in constituencies occupied by NDC Parliamentarians and as such everyone should comply with the party’s laws.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh