The Sekondi Constituency Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party Erasmus Baidoo Cudjoe has mounted a spirited defense against claims of bias by some aggrieved members of the party at Sekondi Zongo in the ongoing vetting of polling station executives.
He insisted nothing untoward has been done to give other candidates undue advantage over others.
Scores of angry youth from Sekondi Zongo on Wednesday January 24, 2018 stormed the constituency office close to the Kundum square otherwise known as Komfoase to register their protest over what they claim are deliberate attempts to prevent some people from contesting.
According to them some executives approached them and pleaded with them to allow some old executives, alleged to have been polling station executives for the past twenty years, to go unopposed.
This they disagreed insisting if the executives are worthy of the position they should allow for contest.
“For all these years, there was no party office at Zongo. It was the youth who saw the need for us to have one. Now we have an office where we can have our meetings. The old executives should tell us what they have done. We believe our interest will be best served by a youth leadership, one aggrieved member of the party told Skyypowerfm.com.
It is their refusal to agree to the demands of the executives that according them has prompted the decision of the vetting committee to disqualify persons standing against the old executives.
Constituency Chairman Mr. Baidoo Cudjoe admitted three applications of some candidates from Zongo have been upheld because there are petitions against them.
“We had petitions that some people who wish to run for office are NDC people who joined the party not too long ago. So we had to put their forms aside. We want to make sure that all the people who want to contest are ok”.
He however insisted the vetting committee did it work as it is supposed to do.
“If there was any deliberate attempt to prevent people from contesting we will not have done the vetting at all. So I insist there is no such thing as deliberate attempt to sideline anyone”.
“Again, what is wrong for any active member irrespective of his age and how long he or she has served in a particular position to contest? There is nowhere in our constituency that says so. So even if the person has been in the position for thirty years and still wants to run, they can do so, the Chairman explained