Ferdinand | PoliticsGhana | March 18 |Important and Documented History of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a social democratic political party in Ghana, founded by Jerry Rawlings, who was Head of State of Ghana from 1981 to 1993 and the President of Ghana from 1993 to 2001.
Following the formation of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), which ruled Ghana following the military coup d’état on 31 December 1981, there was pressure from the international community to restore democracy.
The NDC was formed as the ruling party ahead of elections in 1992, in which Rawlings was elected president, and in 1996 Rawlings was re-elected as the NDC candidate. Rawlings’ second term ended in 2001.
The NDC lost the presidency in the 2000 election, and it was not until the 2008 election, that they regained it with John Atta Mills as its candidate. They established the 1992 constitution of Ghana
The NDC party symbol is an umbrella with the head of a dove at the tip. The party colors are red, white, green, and black, and the party slogan or motto is “Unity, stability, and development.” Internationally, the NDC is a member of the Progressive Alliance and Socialist International.
On 9 December 2012, the Electoral Commission of Ghana declared NDC candidate John Dramani Mahama to be president-elect after a hotly contested race in which he won 50.7% of votes cast.
The National Democratic Congress was founded by Jerry Rawlings, who had been the military leader of Ghana since 1981. In 1992, the National Democratic Congress led the successful transition to multi-party competition, an example of authoritarian led democratization. The NDC won the 1992 and 1996 elections.
The 2000 election was the first presidential election since 1992 that an incumbent president was not on the ballot. Jerry Rawlings’ eight-year tenure had expired as per the Constitution of Ghana.
John Atta Mills became the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress at a special delegate congress held in Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana. He was popularly acclaimed the presidential candidate of the party for the 2000 presidential election. Vice-president John Atta Mills lost in 2000 to New Patriotic Party’s John Kufour after two rounds of voting.
In the 2004 elections the party’s manifesto called for “A Better Ghana”. John Atta Mills ran again for the NDC in the 2004 presidential elections with his running mate Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni. He won 44.6% of the vote, but lost to the New Patriotic Party. In the general elections held on 7 December 2004, the party won only 94 of the 230 seats.
On 21 December 2006, Mills was overwhelmingly elected by the NDC as its candidate for the 2008 presidential election with a majority of 81.4%, or 1,362 votes. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah was second with 8.7% (146 votes), Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu was third with 8.2% (137 votes), and Eddie Annan was fourth with 1.7% (28 votes).
In April 2008, John Mahama was chosen as the party’s vice-presidential candidate. On 3 January 2009, Mills was certified as the victor of the 28 December 2008 run-off election and became the next president of Ghana.
2012 transfer of power and elections
President John Atta Mills died, after a short illness, in the afternoon of 24 July 2012 while still in office. Vice President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC was sworn in as president that evening.
The NDC picked John Dramani Mahama for their presidential candidate and sitting vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as their vice-presidential candidate for the 2012 elections.
In November 2015 after securing an overwhelming 1,199 118 out of a total of 1, 286, 728 votes representing 95.10% party members in the presidential primaries, President John Dramani Mahama was endorsed to lead the NDC in the 2016 general elections.
Ahead of the 2020 elections, In February 2019, John Dramani Mahama was confirmed as the candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress to contest in the 2020 elections, the incumbent president Nana Akufo-Addo who unseated Mahama in a 2016 election, capitalizing on an economy that was slowing due to falling prices for gold, oil and cocoa exports.
He won the National Democratic Congress primaries by securing an overwhelming 213,487 votes representing 95.23 percent of the total valid votes cast with the other six contenders managing with about 4 percent of the votes.
On 25 June 2020 the NDC led by its General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah, lost a case in the Supreme Court of Ghana in which the party had sought to achieve the inclusion of old Voter ID cards in the Electoral Commission‘s compilation of a New Voter’s Register, among other reliefs.
In the 2020 elections, 18 members of the party who sought to run as independent candidates lost their membership. All who endorsed the forms of the candidates and participated in their campaigns were also expelled.
Electoral history of the NDC
|First Round||Second Round|
|2000||John Atta Mills||2,895,575||44.8%||2,728,241||43.3%||Lost|
|2012||John Dramani Mahama||5,574,761||50.7%||–||–||Won|
189 / 200
133 / 200
91 / 200
94 / 230
116 / 230
148 / 275
104 / 275
137 / 275
Since the NDC was formed, it has formed two governments following elections, and a third following the death of President Mills. The list of governments is as follows:
The National Democratic Congress holds elections every four years to elect its national executives.
2018 to present
The National Democratic Congress held its national delegates conference on 17–19 November at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, La, Accra. Below is the full list; National Chairman – Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo,
First Vice Chairman – Chief Sofo Azorka., Second Vice Chairperson Sherry Ayitey, Third Vice Chairman – Alhaji Said Sinare, General Secretary – Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, First Deputy General Secretary – Madam Barbara Serwaa Asamoah,
Second Deputy General Secretary – Peter Boamah Otokonor, National Organiser – Joshua Hamido Akamba, First Deputy National Organiser – Kobby Barlon, Second Deputy National Organiser – Chief Hamilton Biney Nixon, National Communications Director – Sammy Gyamfi,
First Deputy Communications Director – Kwaku Boahene, Second Deputy National Communications Director – Godwin Ako Gunn, The National Zongo Caucus Coordinator – Alhaji Mamah Mohammed,
National Executive Committee Members:
The National Executive Committee Members: Madam Evelyn Enyonam Mensa, Alhaji Adramani Haribu, Sheriff Abdul Nasiru, Alhaji Babanlame Abu Sadat and Mr William Wilson Agbleke, National Youth Organiser – George Opare Addo, First Deputy National Youth Organiser – Edem Agbana, Second Deputy National Youth Organiser – Ruth Dela Sedoh, National Women’s Organiser – Hanna Louisa Bissiw, First Deputy National Women’s Organiser – Maame Efua Sekyi Addo, Second National Women’s Organiser – Madam Abigail Elorm.
Full List of NDC’s 2022 National Executives
Delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have elected new National Executives of the party to run the party’s affairs for the next four (4) years.
The new executive officers were elected at the 10th National Delegates Conference held at the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra on Saturday, 17th December, 2022.
The former General Secretary of the party Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has unseat the incumbent National Chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo
According to the final collation sheet, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah won with a total of 5,569 votes representing 65.17% against Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo who had 2,892 votes representing 33.81%.
Other Chairmanship aspirant Samuel Yaw Adusei had total votes of 52 representing 0.61% while Nii Armah Ashitey had 38 votes representing 0.44%.
Also, the former Member of Parliament for the Ketu South Constituency Honourable Fifi Fiavi Kwetey has won the National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretary position.
He won the General Secretary race against the former Deputy General Secretary Dr. Peter Boamah Otokunor and Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in a keenly contested election.
Provisional Results from all the 17 polling stations indicate that Honourable Fifi Fiavi Kwetey won the NDC General Secretary position with a total of 4,536 votes, Dr. Peter Boamah Otokunor had 2,584 votes and Honourable Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had 1,401 votes.
Joseph Yammin also unseats the incumbent National Organizer Joshua Hamidu Akamba.
Below is the full list of winners of the 10th NDC National Executive Elections
Johnson Asiedu Nketia
1. Awudu Sofo Azourka – 1st Vice Chair
2. Dr Sherry Ayittey – 2nd Vice Chair
3. Yakubu Abanga Alhassan – 3rd Vice Chair
Fifi Fiavi Kwetey
Deputy General Secretary
1. Barbara Serwaa Asamoah
2. Gbande Foyo Mustapha
Deputy National Organisers
1. Kobby Barlon
2. Elikem Kotoko
National Communications Officer
Sammy Gyamfi – Unopposed
Deputy National Communications Officers
1. Malik Basintale
2. Godwin Ako Gunn
National Zongo Caucus Coordinator
Mamah Cole Younger
1. Wonder Victor Kutor
2. Araba Tagoe
3. Cecilia Asaga
4. Victoria Kuma-Mintah
5. Ephraim Nii Tan Sackey
National Women’s Organiser
Hannah Louisa Bissiw
Deputy National Women’s Organiser
1. Abigail Akwambia
2. Dzifa Tegah
National Youth Organiser
George Opare Addo
Deputy National Youth Organiser
1. Osman Ayariga
2. Ruth Seddoh
Death of the Founder
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