Sherry Ayitey Politician
Sherry Ayitey is a Ghanaian politician. She is the minister for Environment, Science and Technology. She has been an active member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). She was involved with the 31st December Women's Movement, a non governmental organisation affiliated to the NDC, whose president is Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, wife of Jerry Rawlings, former President of Ghana. She was the Projects and Programmes Officer of the organisation. After the NDC lost the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2000, the New Patriotic Party came to power with John Kufuor forming his government. Various NDC activists stood trial for different reasons. Sherry Ayitey was put on trial with Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings in relation with the divestiture of the Ghana Rubber Estates Limited. Sherry Ayitey had been a member of the Divestiture Implemantation Committee. Shortly before President Kufuor's term ended, his government decided to drop the charges against Mrs. Rawlings, Sherry Ayitey and others. An Accra Fast Track High Court subsequently dropped the charges in January 2009.
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The National Democratic Congress is a social democratic political party in Ghana, founded by Jerry John Rawlings, who was Head of State of Ghana from 1981 to 1993 and the President of Ghana from 1993 to 2001. The NDC was formed ahead of elections in 1992 and in 1996 returned Rawlings to power. 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 candidate John Atta Mills. The NDC's party symbol is an umbrella with an eagle's head on top. Party colors are red, white, green, and black. Internationally, the NDC is a member of the Socialist International. On 9 December 2012, the Electoral Commission of Ghana announced NDC's candidate John Dramani Mahama president-elect after a hotly contested race in which he won 50.7% of votes cast.