The third National Congress of the Convention People's Party (CPP) will take place at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi on Saturday, December 15, this year, a statement said yesterday in Accra.
It said the congress would be preceded by a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party on Friday, December 14 to approve the agenda for the congress.
The statement signed by Nii Noi Dowuona, general secretary of the party, said the congress will bring together more than 2,000 delegates drawn from each of the 230 constituencies, regional executives, the NEC, Council of Elders, Founding Members, MPs, Overseas branches, Youth and Women Leagues and representatives from TESCHART, the tertiary educational institutions wing of the party.
The congress will elect a presidential candidate to contest the 2008 elections as well as the election of national officers to steer affairs of the party for the next four years.
Meanwhile, regional conferences for Western, Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra and Brong-Ahafo Regions will be completed by December 8, while the conference for Eastern and Western Regions are scheduled for Koforidua and Takoradi on November 29 and December 8 respectively.
The statement said it was expected that party members will play their respective roles to ensure uninterruptible preparations leading to the event.
In that connection, contestants for the various positions at the congress have been reminded to desist from smear campaigns and acts that would denigrate the integrity or image of other aspirants so as to preserve the internal cohesion of the party.