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Politics of Monday, 12 October 2015


CPP moves to acquire permanent headquarters

The immediate past Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Nkrumah, has expressed the party’s readiness to comply with the Electoral Commission’s (EC) law that requires all certified and functioning political parties to own offices in every constituency, “even though the law is primitive.”

The CPP has in recent times come under pressure from the EC for allegedly flouting the regulation.

Despite her position on the law, Samia Nkrumah, who is seeking to be the CPP’s Presidential Candidate for the 2016 polls, has announced that the party is working to acquire a three-storey edifice to serve as its permanent headquarters in addition to the 80 already existing party offices across the country.

Speaking at the swearing in of new party executive members at the party’s head office at Asylum Down in Accra, she said the new office complex would help ensure the party was not unduly punished by the EC.

“I would like to announce that plans are far advanced and we’ve discussed with our incoming national leadership to acquire a three-storey edifice to serve as our permanent headquarters. This will be an addition to the 80 offices across the country. And this initiative will ensure that that primitive law about to be invoked against the CPP does not materialise. I have every confidence that the EC will cooperate with us,” she noted.

Meanwhile, the new Chairman of the party, Prof. Edmund Delle, has called on party members to be disciplined and united, since that remains vital for the CPP’s return to power after over 50 years.

The one-time CPP Chairman, who staged a surprise comeback after bowing out, says his leadership will now focus on strengthening grass-roots participation.

“Contrary to the era where you stand on top and give orders below, I will be a different chairman. I want to go directly to the people, be with them, learn from them and then we work together to the top. It will be a grass-roots leadership and that has been the strength of the CPP, which we are losing a bit; but we want to recapture that spirit.”