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19 June 2017

Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee submits report to NDC

 


The opposition National Democratic Congress has received the 455-page report from the Kwesi Botchwey-led committee which was tasked to investigate the party’s defeat in the 2016 election.

The committee handed the official findings to the party leadership at the headquarters of the NDC in Accra on Monday, June 19.

Prof Botchwey said that the 455-page document contains details of what led to the defeat of the NDC.

The committee’s responsibility was to among other things make recommendations for the restructuring and reorganisation of the party to position it for the next general election in 2020.

During its work, the committee toured the country and met with the party’s grassroots and other groups to seek information about the 2016 elections and what could be done on the way forward.
The report has since recommended a “peacemaking and healing tour”.

Prof. Kwesi Botchwey who presented the 455-page report said the NDC must assemble “credible and eminent” personalities in the party to lead the tour.
“We did a very comprehensive job of listening to everybody.
“Everybody spoke frankly and honestly. We do make a number of recommendations including a recommendation that the party puts together a group of credible and eminent members of our party to undertake a peace-making and healing tour of the country and visit all key sectors and constituencies. We believe this is extremely important for purposes of creating the necessary conditions for any serious work that needs to be done in the way of the party restructuring and renewal.
“We also have a recommendation that the party takes steps to restore the integrity of the biometric register and the expanded Electoral College. Additionally, we recommend that steps be taken to restore the capacity and effectiveness of the party’s organs, especially to the branch level. We believe these organs are most critical because they are the party’s immediate connections with the people. We are, after all, a truly mass party.

“We also have recommendations on ways in which we can and must improve the collation of election results. We also believe that steps ought to be taken by the party to reconnect itself properly to our social democratic roots and the principal actors in these social democratic roots – the social forces that populate our social democratic base.

“We also do recommend that steps ought to be taken to strengthen research and intelligence in the party. This should involve crowding in a larger body of the party’s intellectual capacity which has not been particularly active in the last few years,” Prof Botchwey said.

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