The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sacked 18 members of the party who have decided to stand as independent candidates in the 7 December poll.
In a statement, the NDC said, “The National Democratic Congress wishes to bring to the attention of all party members, sympathisers and the general public that the following members who sought for and obtained nomination from the Electoral Commission to contest the upcoming parliamentary election as independent candidates have forfeited their membership of the party.”
The statement further asked them to hand over all party property in their possession to their respective constituency.
“They must hand over all party property in their possession to their respective constituency secretariats, and they must cease to forthwith [use] party paraphernalia and the name of the flagbearer in all their campaigns,” the statement said.
Associates to face punishment
The NDC said party members who associate themselves with the candidacy of the listed names could face the same punishment.
“It must also be noted that all party members who endorsed your nomination form, campaigned for you, or openly associate themselves with your campaign activities are equally in breach of the above provision and, therefore, suffer the same punishment as the independent candidates,” the statement said.
“…and they must cease forthwith in using party paraphernalia and the name of the flagbearer in all their campaigns,” it said.
The list includes at least three former MPs and certain parliamentary aspirants defeated in the party’s primaries.