All is set for the smooth take off of the Northern Regional Executives’ elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) slated for tomorrow Saturday September 1 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.
About 1,100 delegates from the thirty-one constituencies in the region are expected to cast their votes. A total of 71 candidates will slug it out for the fifteen Regional Executive positions.
The race for the Northern Regional Chairmanship position of the NDC is going to be keenly contested as some bigwigs of the party are said to have thrown their weight behind two contenders in the race.
Ground reports indicate that the incumbent Regional Organiser, Godfred Wumbie popularly known as ‘Yellow’, is alleged to have the support of former President John Dramani Mahama who has launched a comeback while Alhaji Ibrahim Mobilla is alleged to have the support of the Majority Leader in Parliament and MP for Tamale South Constituency, Haruna Iddrisu.
The incumbent Regional Chairman, Sofo Azorka has stepped down because of his decision to move to the national level to contest for a National Vice Chairman position after serving as chairman and Regional Vice Chairman for four years each respectively.
Other contenders in the chairmanship race include Moses Bukari Mabengba, a former Northern Regional Minister and Ambassador to Angola, Alhaji Musah Azumah, incumbent Deputy Regional Organiser, Alhaji Mohammed Sumani Zakaria and Alhaji Umar Farouk.
The remaining leadership positions include the vice chairman position which is being contested by five people, while the Organiser position has four candidates with another five battling for the Deputy Organiser position.
Others are Treasurer- four candidates, Deputy Treasurer position-four, Communication-three, Deputy communication-four, Zongo Caucus Coordinator-eight candidates, Secretary, Three, Deputy Secretary position-two candidates. Others include Youth Organiser -three people, Deputy Youth Organizer-seven, Zongo Caucus position-six, Organizer-four candidates. Women’s Organiser and Deputy Women Organizer positions are being contested by four and seven contenders respectively.
The current leadership is urging calm and peaceful elections tomorrow.
Story filed by Joyce Kantam Kolamong