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10.01.2007 NPP News

NPP resolves to safe guard its incumbent position

By Kwabena Amankwah
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The New Patriotic Party says it will take the collective effort of the party's membership to sustain it in power to continue to pursue the good social and economic policies that will bring Ghanaians out of poverty, illiteracy and disease.

It has therefore been resolved that members work to safeguard the party"s position as a ruling party and not allow "our personal ambitions to override the greater objective of a unified party.”

In a resolution adopted at the party's Annual Delegates Conference held at Koforidua, over the weekend, they identified discipline as a sine qua non for the progress and unity of the party.

“Accordingly, party members shall make themselves abreast with the provisions of our constitution and shall endeavour to resolve all misunderstandings and conflicts among themselves in accordance with the procedures set out in the constitution and not resort to court actions which tend to derail our efforts at moving the party forward,” the resolution added.

The resolution also called on party activists to refrain from resorting to unconventional and unconstitutional means “to illegally remove their executives and close down party offices, without any justifiable cause.”

While expressing the party's determination to always ensure unity of purpose and harmonious co-existence between party officers at all levels, the resolution urged the various presidential hopefuls to conduct themselves in a civil and decent manner towards one another and to refrain from any acts that could potentially undermine the party's unity.

The resolution also identified effective party-government relationship as crucial for the progress of the party, and called for the strengthening of interaction between Government officials and party officers, also stressing the need for regular interaction between MPs and their constituents, to enhance a high level of trust and co-operation among them.

Touching on the party's weak Public Relations system, which has been a major source of concern since it assumed power in 2001, the party resolved “to come out strong and speak out on the good things that the government is doing and not allow our opponents to use their negative propaganda to derail the gains made by the NPP Government.”

Expressing concern about the perennial problem of inadequate conference and hostel facilities the party faces during their national conferences, the delegates proposed the construction of a conference hall with a capacity of hosting about 5,000 people and a hostel facility to solve the problem.

The resolution further expressed the party's preparedness to open its doors to other independent political parties which share their beliefs, values and vision of press freedom, rule of law, respect for property and people's rights, “and when necessary, we shall collaborate at the local level with these parties for our common good.”

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