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Politics of Tuesday, 22 August 2017


All is set for NPP’s 2017 annual delegates’ conference

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially announced plans to hold its 2017 annual delegates’ conference in the Central Region.

Scheduled for Friday August 25 to Sunday August 27, 2017, the event will be hosted at the University of Cape Coast Medical Schools Auditorium.

Addressing the press in Accra Tuesday, General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu stated that the annual conference is being held in fulfilment of Article 9(1) of the party’s constitution which indicates that, "There shall be a National Annual Delegates Conference which shall be the supreme governing body of the party".

According to him, the NPP has been able to successfully hold delegates conferences in all the 275 constituencies and 10 regions across the country adding that all is set for the national conference, which is the climax of all the annual delegates’ conferences.

Delegates who will be attending the conference, per the provision of Article 9(2)(ii) include, members of the National Council, members of the National Executive Committee, all members of the Regional Executive Committee, all members of the Constituency Executive Committee, 15 members from the National Council of elders, 12 delegates from every external branch as defined under section 8(2) of the party constitution.

Others include 1 tescon representative from each recognized tertiary institution in the country, 15 patrons elected from among themselves, founding members across the country who are signatories to the registration documents of the party at the electoral commission, all members of parliament and all party members who are ministers, Deputy Ministers and MMDCEs.

The conference, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the NPP and 70th Anniversary of the founding of the UGCC, is anchored on the theme, "NPP, delivering on our promises; our roots, our strength, our future".

Mr Boadu indicated that the NPP has contributed immensely to the social, political and economic development of Ghana over the past two to three decades.

He added that the party, among other things can be credited with the introduction of monumental social interventions in the country including the NHIS, capitation grant, metro mass transport, school feeding programme, livelihood empowerment against poverty (LEAP).

He reiterated the commitment of the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government to fulfilling all the party’s manifesto promises including the free SHS, One-district-one-factory, one-village-one-dam, planting for food and jobs, 1 million dollar per constituency fund, restoration of teacher and nursing trainee allowance among several others before the end of 2017.

Programme line-up for the conference;

- Day 1 of the conference (Friday, 25th August) shall be for Muslim Prayers (Jummah) during the day and then some social events in the evening.

- Day 2 (Saturday, 26th August) is for the main conference to be held at the medical school auditorium of the University. The conference, per Article 9(4) shall deliberate and make appropriate resolutions on National Chairman’s report, National Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts, General Secretary’s report, deliberate on resolutions from all the 10 regions and also consider proposals for amendments to the party’s constitution which have been received and circulated to all stakeholders.

The main conference will end at 4pm. There would then be a mammoth rally at the Victoria Park in Cape Coast to be addressed by the leadership of the party, His Excellency the President and Vice, Ministers of State and other key government appointees.

- Day 3 (Sunday, 27th August) shall be for Church/Thanksgiving Service to be observed at the Calvary Methodist Church, Cape Coast.

Caution to Prospective Candidates

The party, in particular, national council, has noticed with concern, the rate at which prospective candidates for various executive positions in the party wantonly displayed their campaign posters and banners at the just ended constituency and regional delegates conferences as if we were holding internal elections.

The council wishes to remind them that the party has not lifted the ban for campaign; neither has it opened nominations. In view of the foregoing, the party is appealing to all prospective candidates to DESIST from repeating this undemocratic and untidy enterprise at the national delegates’ conference. The party reserves the right to reprimand or sanction anyone who flouts this directive.

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