Confusion Rocks NPP Over Election Modalities

NPP-Ghana-logoThe Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suhum, Fred Opare-Ansah, has raised the red flag over the modalities his party adopted for its national executive elections slated for March 1.

In a tersely worded statement addressed to the incumbent national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the Suhum MP accused the chairman of seeking to circumvent the party’s proper and constitutional provisions regarding the elections.

Mr. Opare-Ansah raised concerns about the party’s decision to decentralise the election in all ten regions instead of holding it at single venue as had always been the norm.

He also wondered why the party has not held its national annual delegates conference since 2010.

In the letter, Mr. Opare-Ansah indicated that NPP MPs were willing to help sponsor the election if it was held at a single venue.

He warned that losers in the election may drag the party to court for the first time in its history if his counsel was not heeded.

According to him, a disagreement from the national chairman concerning his suggestions would smack of Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey’s “lack [of] integrity and a good sense of judgement to do what is right and proper for our party”.

Similarly, he argued that a disagreement by the National Executive Council (NEC) with his proposals would cast doubts on “the propriety of NEC and create perceptions of unfair electoral platforms”.

In his response letter to the MP, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey explained that the party decided to decentralise the election to save cost.

He said the party would need more than Ghc1 million to hold the election at a single venue and added that decentralising the process would save the party’s treasury GH¢850,000 since only GH¢150,000 will be needed to sponsor the decentralised election.

He said each of the party’s MPs — should the N.E.C. decide to hold the election at a single venue — will need to contribute GH¢6,910 towards making up for the GH¢850,000 deficit needed to supplant the GH¢150,000, part of which would have been realised from filing fees.

Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey said the decision by the leadership of the NPP was for the greater good of the party within the current circumstances.


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