NPP To Elect Members For National Council

The National Executive of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has directed its regional chairmen to organise regional conferences to elect representatives to the party’s National Council (NC).

The conference, which has been directed to be held on Saturday, June 28 in all the ten regions, is aimed at reconstituting the NC.

Hitherto the directive for elections, selection of members to the NC has been done through consensus and endorsement.

The directive comes amidst a suit filed by a former party constituency chairman of the Central Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Mr. David Hoezame, challenging the status of the party’s NC as presently constituted.

He claims the current NC is illegal because it has not been reconstituted after the last party’s congress, as required by the party’s constitution.

He is seeking an order restraining the party from going ahead with congress to elect a presidential candidate on December 6, because the National Council which approved it was illegally constituted.

Confirming the directive by National Chairman, Paul Afoko, Mr. Perry Okudzeto, acting Communications Director of the party, told The Ghanaian Times that all the regions and constituencies were expected to take part in the event.

Bernard Antwi-Bosiako, Ashanti regional chairman, who confirmed having received the directive, said the regional conference had become necessary due to grievances that has characterised the composition of the current NC.

“Since 1992 members of the NC were elected based on consensus by the hierarchy of the party, this time around there is going to be conference to elect members,” he said.

Mr. Antwi-Bosiako explained that every five constituencies have to nominate one person for election at the regional conference, adding that about half of the regional executives are automatic members of the NC. By Bernard Benghan

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