Johnson Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said that the party’s decision to canvass for a ‘No’ vote in the December 17 referendum, was born-out of an extensive debate among a committee of experts setup by the party.

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Admitting to the party’s earlier decision to go for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum, Mr Nketia revealed that, other sides of the referendum debate later emerged, causing the party to properly assess the referendum debate in order to formulate a party decision.

“As the debate went on and other sides emerged, we then decided not to let this degenerate because  others who were very knowledgeable were bringing cogent views to enrich the debate. So a committee of experts was formed to debate the issue and formulate a party position on the referendum,” he said in an interview on Joy News’ PM Express.

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According to him, the committee of experts including himself, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, Dr Callistus Mahama and others, was formed due to the inability of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to come to a consensus on the party’s position on the referendum.

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“Out of the various views expressed at the NEC debate, there was no congruence, so a committee of experts was formed which included myself, Prof. Ahwoi, Dr Mahama and others. So we sat and reviewed the whole constitution to try to understand the implication of a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote, and it is out of it that we crafted a national party position which was approved by NEC,” he noted.