NDC embarks on healing and reconciliation process

The Kwesi Botchwey committee report on the crushing defeat of the NDC at the 2016 polls has recommended, the party embarks on a "peacemaking and healing tour".

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The Kwesi Botchwey committee report on the crushing defeat of the NDC at the 2016 polls has recommended, the party embarks on a "peacemaking and healing" wounds.

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.

In a letter signed by the vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, the Council of Elders highlighted ways to resolve internal wranglings in the party.

"As part of the process of implementing the salient and critical recommendations of the committee in resolving the internal conflicts and differences, the council has put in place teams to visit the various regions and team up with regional representatives to undertake the process of healing and reconciliation,"part of the letter signed by the Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu said.

The statement added that the process of healing and reconciliation has commenced within the Council of Elders, functional and regional executives as well as other leading members of the party.

The Council of Elders has also asked members of the party, to desist from engaging each other in war of words by using the media. They rather encouraged members to use the appropriate structures within the party in solving conflicts.

According to the letter, the party is in the process of implementing the recommendations and called for calm within the party.

They called on all members of the party to respect the party's structures and procedures in resolving internal grievances and conflicts.

NDC's defeat in 2016

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo surprisingly secured a resounding one-touch victory by polling 53.85% of total valid votes cast against incumbent presidential candidate John Mahama who managed 44.40%.

The NPP outperformed the NDC in the parliamentary election by increasing its seats from 122 to 169 to form the majority, whiles the NDC saw its representation drop from a majority of 148 to 106.

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