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03.01.2005 CPP News

Expand Committee on CPP stocktaking - Elder

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Accra, Jan. 3, GNA - The Acting Chairman of the Council of Elders of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Mr Kweku Amoah Awuah on Monday suggested the expansion of the Committee set up by the Central Committee to take stock of the Party's dismal performance in Election 2004. In a statement issued in Accra, he said the membership should be strengthened by the inclusion of "seasoned Nkrumaists" from outside the Central Committee so that their investigations and the conduct of their assignment would be impartial and transparent.

Mr Amoah Awuah said the expansion of the membership would enable them to offer the Party the benefit of their wide experience and expert knowledge that would prepare them to face the Herculean task of reorganising, rebuilding and re-developing the Party.

He said the terms of reference of the Committee should include the reorganisation, growth and unity of the Party.

It should also find ways and means of mobilising funds and logistics for the accelerated advancement of the Party within the shortest possible time and finding ways and means of bringing all Nkrumaists together.

The CPP won three seats in Election 2004 and those seats were won with assistance from the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The Party's Presidential Candidate, Mr George Aggudey won just one per cent of the votes cast.

Mr Amoah Awuah claimed that the Council of Elders, in its critical analysis of the results, had come to the conclusion that the NPP held an "entrenched" 42 per cent of the votes while the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) held about 33 per cent. "The remaining 25 per cent is what the CPP and the other minority parties have to struggle for.

"For the CPP, therefore, to be able to break through the ranks of the NPP and NDC so as to capture majority of votes to enable the Party to win the elections in 2008 or thereafter requires the Party to undertake a very rigorous and vigorous campaign exercise right from now."

Mr Amoah Awuah said this was a difficult task and the CPP should not waste any time.

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