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Politics of Thursday, 8 April 2010

Source: Graphic

NPP Shifts Congress Date To August 7

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rescheduled the date for the election of its 2012 presidential candidate from July 3, 2010, to August 7, 2010.
The decision to reschedule the date followed the receipt of memoranda and complaints from prospective aspirants and some members of the party that the July date was too short.
That, they argued, would not also have allowed the aspirants enough time to criss-cross the country, particularly so because the electoral college for the selection of candidates had been increased from less than 2,000 to more than 100,000.
Confirming the change in date to the Daily Graphic, the General Secretary of the NPP, Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, said the party needed to listen to the concerns of its major stakeholders.
“It is believed that the new date will allow the would-be aspirants enough time to plan their campaigns and also be able to reach every corner of the country,” he added.
He appealed to persons seeking to contest for the position of a presidential candidate for the party and their supporters to be decorus in their campaign.
Mr Owusu-Afriyie also disclosed that as at the time of filing this report, it was only Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng who had picked a form.
According to him, there shall be a special electoral college if there were more than five aspirants who had filed their nomination by Saturday, July 3, 2010.