NPP Sets Modalities For Conference
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has outlined the modalities for its 2017 National Annual Delegates' Conference slated between 25th and 27th August, 2017.
According to Acting General Secretary John Boadu, the NPP, as its constitution demands, will use the conference which is to be held in Cape Coast, the Central Regional capital, to deliberate on all matters affecting the organization and wellbeing of the party. It will also be a forum to consider and approve a statement of account, consider and approve a programme of activities for the coming year, pass resolution and make recommendations.
At a news conference in Accra yesterday, Mr. Boadu said that constituency and Regional Annual Delegates' Conferences were expected to precede the national conference in Cape Coast explaining, “Article 7(13) states that 'in every year, at least four (4) weeks prior to the National Annual Delegates' Conference, there shall be a Regional Delegates' Conference.'”
He said the party had already sent a memo directing all Regional Executive Committees to organize their respective Annual Delegates' Conferences not later than July 26, 2017 adding, “The party has directed all Regional Executive Committees to furnish the National Secretariat with details (timelines of activities) of their respective Annual Conferences not later than 30th of June, 2017.
“The party wishes to state emphatically that these Annual Delegates' Conferences would not include the election or re-election of party executives to occupy the various positions at the constituency, regional and national levels because the mandate of the serving officers of the party is yet to expire. At the appropriate time, the party would come out with a timetable for the various conferences where elections would be held.”
Mr Boadu said the yet-to-be prepared timetable “would start from the election of polling station executives and climaxed with the election of national officers which would be held at congress.”
The Acting General Secretary said that June 26, 2017 is the deadline for the submission of proposed amendment to the NPP Constitution, adding that all the proposals should be sent to him (Acting General Secretary).
He announced that all those who were directed to resign their respective positions in the party following their appointments to serve in the government, had adhered to the directive, saying, “The party wishes to use this opportunity to thank them for their service to the party and wishes them well as they take up various positions in government. We hope that they would still avail their services to the party when needed.”
Mr. Boadu also said that nominations had not opened for those who wish to contest for party positions. “I think they are all testing the waters but I would advise them to be cautious in whatever they do,” he entreated.
He later used the opportunity to officially console the family of Captain Maxwell Mahama who was lynched in a mob action at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region last week, and called on all political parties to desist from playing politics with the gruesome murder.
“As you all know, the country is still mourning the death of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama and as such, we wish to once again, express our condolences to the bereaved family. I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that government will today take a decision and announce the plans that the State has for the late Captain and his family, having taken a serious view of all that has happened regarding this unfortunate incident,” he said.
“We mourn with the family and we will never, I repeat never, play politics with the death of such an innocent soul. We hope that the other political parties also refrain from playing politics with the painful death of a fellow citizen,” he emphasized.
By William Yaw Owusu