Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has cautioned would-be candidates in the upcoming constituency and external branch primaries to “respect the rules of engagement.
The party will be electing constituency and external branch executives from February 21 to 24, 2018 ahead of its national executive polls.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday to spell out the guidelines for the conduct of the internal polls, he appealed to party supporters to come out of the exercise united.
“Let us remain united and committed to the call of our party and government at all times so that we can continue to deliver the needed prosperity to the Ghanaian people. Once again, let it be said that the NPP came out of the 2018 primaries as a much stronger party,” Mr. Boadu stated.
He extended his gratitude and appreciation to the rank and file of the party as well as members who served on the various Polling Station and Electoral Area Elections Committee for superintending over the conduct of the just ended Polling Station and Electoral Area elections across the country.
“As you would all attest to the exercise has been generally successful. There are, however, a few areas, numbering about 7 Constituencies where we have some challenges including law suits. But the good news is that our legal team led by Nana Obiri Boahen, the Deputy General Secretary, is competently handling these issues and making significant strides at resolving them,” Mr Boadu said..
The National Steering Committee of the party, at its second general meeting for 2018, which was held on Wednesday, February 6, 2018 considered and approved the rules and regulations for the conduct of constituency primaries scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2018.
He said as stipulated in Article 7 (26) of the NPP constitution, the Constituency Annual Delegates Conference shall have in attendance, the following delegates; Members of the Constituency Executive Committee, electoral Area Coordinators, all the five polling station Executives in the respective constituency, five members of the council of elders five constituency patrons of the party, any founding member from the constituency who is a signatory to the registration document of the party at the electoral commission.
The rules and regulations for the conduct of the 2018 constituency primaries according to Mr Boadu provide as follows: There shall be constituted, a Constituency Elections Committee (CEC) which shall conduct the constituency Officer’s elections at the scheduled dates and at a venue as the CEC may determine.
He added that the steering committee has directed each of the 10 regional executive committees of the party to, with immediate effect, organise an expanded regional executive committee meeting comprising all the constituency executives in the respective regions.
The meeting, according to the acting General Secretary would be held under the supervision of at least one national officer, shall set the stage for the constituency delegates’ conference, where, inter alia, the Constituency Election Committee (CEC) shall be inaugurated.
“The party wishes to once again, make a passionate appeal to all stakeholders especially the would-be candidates for the various positions in the upcoming primaries and their supporters to respect the rules of engagement and conduct this exercise with the necessary maturity so that we would have incidence-free primaries”, he added.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH
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