General News of Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The People’s National Convention (PNC) are yet to recover from the December 7, 2016 elections results.
According to the National Chairman of the party, an internal committee has been constituted to look into the remote factors that contributed to the party’s defeat.
PNC led by Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama polled 22,214 votes representing 0.21 per cent of the total valid votes cast to come fifth in the 2016 elections.
“We have been trying to overcome the shock of the election results,” Bernard Mornah said on TV3’s Midday Live on Tuesday, March 14.
He explained that some of the factors were obvious to the party.
He mentioned the rejection of the nomination of their presidential candidate by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) as one major factor that militated against the party. The party had only one month to campaign, he noted.
The elections were won by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) coming in a close second.
None of the remaining parties was able to win a single parliamentary seat, not even an independent candidate.
Mr Mornah, therefore, said his party will be willing to merge with other Nkrumahist parties in the next elections.
According to him, a merger is long overdue.
This follows calls by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) for all Nkrumahist parties to united ahead of the 2020 elections.
“It is important that we close our ranks. And take away our egos.”
The former PNC General Secretary said the timing for the latest call gives him hope as previous ones have come in election years.
Parties the PNC is willing to merge with are PPP, Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP).