NPP To Hold National Election In Tamale

jake  obetsebyThe confusion over the appropriate modalities to be adopted by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for their pending national executive election has finally been settle at a National Executive Council meeting held in Accra, yesterday

The crucial meeting agreed that the elections should be centralized and held in the Northern regional capital, Tamale on Saturday, April 12, this year.

This decision, thus, cancelled an earlier one by the National Executive Committee that proposed  the election should be held at the various regional capitals on March1, due to financial challenges.

Several top notches in the NPP had expressed misgivings about the National Executive   Committee, questioning the legal basis and the excuse that the party was “broke.”

Some NPP Members of Parliament even threatened to take the national executive members to the law court, should they go ahead to organize the polls at the regional capitals.

Hence, the party elders summoned yesterday’s meeting to iron out the differences.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, the NPP’s National Director of Communications,

Parry Okudzeto, justified the decisions arrived at, saying they were “prudent.”

He said the decisions were by ‘consensus and without acrimony.’

According to him, the delegation from the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions had argued strong that the conference should be held in Tamale, because the party had not organized any of such forum at the three northern regions.

Mr. Okudzeto noted that the decision go to Tamale was to honour the memory of the late Vice President, Alhaji Alieu Mahama, who hailed from the region.

He stated that the meeting further agreed to extend the mandate of the national executives to April 12.

This was because their mandate should have ended on March 1, and without an extension, a vacuum would have been created.

Meanwhile, the Times gathered that the party had earmarked one million Ghana Cedis for the conference.

A source said out of the amount, the national executive would pay GH¢150,000, Members of Parliament would cough out GH¢316,000 and GH¢466,000 would be sourced from members and contributions.

The balance of GH¢220,000 would be raised through donations from the public at large.

According to the source the National Executive Council was optimistic that the money would be raised to ensure a successful conference and elections.

The country’s largest opportunity party had already organised elections at the polling stations, constituencies and regional levels.

The April 12 polls formed part of activities the party has embarked upon to re-position itself for the 2016 general elections.

It would also organized presidential primary during the latter part of the year to choose a flagbearer. By Ian Motey

 

 

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