Politics of Thursday, 10 July 2014
The seven Presidential aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are expected to appear before a nine-member vetting committee for a thorough background check.
The nine-member committee is made up of the five statutory committees of the National Council, the chairman of the Council of Elders and three others nominated by the national chairman of the party, one of whom will chair the committee.
Besides, two members of the vetting committee shall be women to give meaning to the gender parity policy which is a topical issue currently.
The statutory committees of the National Council are finance, constitutional organisation, research and election, disciplinary committee and chairman of Council of Elders, as well as the National Chairman of the party.
According to Mr Kwabena Agyapong, the General Secretary of the party, the five statutory committees under the National Council were currently being reviewed.
He said while the committees were being reviewed, the National Council was also being reconstituted.
He said the reconstituted National Council would soon meet to approve the five reviewed statutory committee to enable the vetting committee to commence its work.
Mr Agyapong stressed that it was too early to say the party would be going for a Special Delegates Congress.
He said the probability that some of the aspirants could be disqualified could not be completely ruled out.
He said when that happened, the special delegates congress would no more take place.
Last Monday, July 7, 2014, five aspirants submitted their nomination forms at the party’s headquarters.
Earlier, two had submitted theirs; bringing the number to seven. The aspirants are: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Alan K. Kyerematen, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, Francis Addai-Nimoh, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng and Joe Ghartey.
Per the party’s constitution, if the number of aspirants exceeds five, they would have to reduce it through special voting.
“We cannot confirm whether or not the party will be going for a Special Delegates Congress. We have to wait for the vetting committee to complete its work,” Kwabena Agyapong told Kwami Sefa Kayi, the host of Peace FM's ‘Kokrokoo’.
According to the general secretary, the vetting committee had to scrutinise all the forms submitted by the seven flagbearer aspirants and then call each of them to be vetted.
He disclosed that if no issue came up during the vetting process which would lead to the disqualification of an aspirant, all seven would be “signed off as the official aspirants for the nomination of flagbearership of our party. The committee will then forward their final report to the National Secretariat and that is only when it will be decided whether or not we will go for a special delegates conference”.
He also indicated that if a candidate was disqualified by the vetting committee, he has 48 hours to appeal.
“By the end of July, we will complete our internal arrangements and that is when we will decide whether to organise a special delegates conference or not,” he said.