CPP poised for internal polls

Barring any last minute hitch, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) will elect its Election 2020 flagbearer in March at a National Delegates Conference slated for Kumasi.

 The Central Committee (CC), which is the highest decision making body of the party said flagbearer aspirants would pay GH¢200,000.00 as filing fees and GH¢2,000.00 for the nomination forms.

Qualification for the flagbearer aspirants among others stipulates that anyone wishing to contest for the position would have to be a member of the party for five years and must be in good standing. In the past presidential aspirants were party members for four years before qualifying to contest the position.

The CPP Central Committee has also decided to hold a joint congress for the election of the flagbearer and the national leadership to manage affairs of the party for the next four years.

The CPP Central Committee resolution made available to the Ghana News Agency said it pegged the nomination fees at GH¢2,000.00 with a National Organiser aspirants having to pay GH¢30,000.00 as filing fee. The National Women and National Youth Organiser aspirants would pay GH¢20,000.00 as filing fee. The General Secretary, vice chairmen and Treasurer aspirants would pay GH¢70,000.00 as filing fee.

Any member of the party wanting to become the Chairperson of the party would have to pay GH¢100,000.00 as filing fee. According to the CPP constitution available to the Ghana News Agency, the party shall hold a separate National Delegates Congress to elect the presidential candidate of the party. It says the delegates congress may be held 24 months before the next presidential and parliamentary elections, if the party is not in power and where the party is in power, the presidential candidate shall be elected no earlier than 12 months prior to the next presidential and parliamentary elections.

On qualification and requirements, the CPP constitution mandates that persons contesting national executive positions and contestants for the position of presidential candidate must hold a party membership card for five years or more. Candidates must have paid their membership dues in full, must be registered to vote in national elections, and must be in good standing in the party. The CPP National Delegates Congress shall consist of all members of the National Executive Council, all founding members, all members of the Council of Elders, all constituency chairpersons, secretaries, treasurers, organisers, women organisers, youth organisers and education secretaries. Others include two other representatives from each constituency, at least one of whom shall be a woman, a representative from each of the tertiary institutions chapters of the party; and two representatives from each overseas branch approved by the Central Committee.

The National Delegates Congress shall be presided over by a member of the Council of Elders appointed for the purpose by the National Executive Council.

 It shall also decide on any proposals or matters, and transact any other business, which shall be submitted by the Central Committee or the National Executive Council. The congress also shall delegate any of its functions or powers to any subordinate organ of the party, perform such other functions as necessary of the aims and objectives through the appropriate organs of the party.

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