…Says it will rejuvenate NDC
Yaw Boateng Gyan, the former national organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has noted that the eight recommendations made by the Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee in its final report which has been presented to the National Executive Council of the party, if implemented, would help turn the fortunes of the party around in the 2020 elections.
He believes that the committee’s recommendations addressed some of the major and fundamental challenges faced by the party during the 2016 elections year.
The 13-member Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee tasked with investigating the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) 2016 election defeat on Monday, this week, presented a 455-page report to the National Executive Committee of the party.
The voluminous document, titled “Listening To The Voice Of The Grassroots,” came up with eight strong recommendations and these include: 1“That the party puts together a group of credible and eminent members of our party to undertake a peacebuilding and healing of the country, 2. That the party takes steps to restore the integrity of the biometric register and the expanded electoral college, 3. We recommend that steps be taken to restore the capacity and effectiveness of the party’s organs especially at the branch level where we believe these organs are the most critical because they are the party’s immediate connection to the people, we are after all a truly mass party, 4. We also have recommendations on ways we can and must improve the collation of election results, 5. 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, 6. We 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 base which has not been particularly active in the past, this will help to support the party’s research capacity, 7. There are recommendations that the party will scale-up and re-invigorate its work in the area of youth organization and 8. The organisation of women, we note that significant changes have taken place in the country’s demographic profile and that the party ought to take notice of this and all the implications of these changes.
According to Mr. Boateng Gyan, he is not surprised at some of the recommendations made since they were collated from majority of aggrieved party members at both the regional and constituency level.
“Anyone who has followed Ghanaian politics over the years could tell exactly what led to the defeat of the NDC in 2016. So to some of us in the party, we were not surprises and I am sure that the recommendations made by the Committee will come as no surprise to many people because members of the Kwesi Botchwey Committee visited every nook and cranny of this country and what they were told is exactly what was also captured in the final report for us,” he said.
He also praised the committee for their efforts to get such a report ready after the three months’ period they were given and said such selfless attitude displayed by the committee members to churn out such a report is in a right direction and hoped that it would serve as a reference for the future generation to come.
The former national organizer further expressed his satisfaction with one of the recommendations which urged the NDC, as a party, to reconnect itself properly to its old roots, which are the social democratic roots and hinted that it was through the principles of social democrats that endeared many well meaning Ghanaians to the party and so failure to live by those tenets will then automatically cause those people to abandon the party since it has deviated from its main core values.
“If we claim to be social democrats and want to take the lead in making sure that there is an improvement in the lives of every Ghanaian, then we should be seen to be doing exactly the things that got people to believe and trust us as social democrats. But if we run away from those principles then we are going to be in trouble and I remember someone in the party, like Mr. Lee Ocran, always used to stress on the need for us to desist from the capitalist approach of government which does not conform with our style of governance,” he contended.