CPP postpones congress to March 27

The Central Committee of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has postponed its National Delegates Congress from March 8 to Friday March 27 and Saturday, March 28  at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The CPP has also slated picking and filing of nomination forms from February 6 to 28 and nominations forms pegged at GH₵2,000, a statement signed by Mr J. B. Daniels, Acting Deputy General Secretary and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday stated.

According to the statement, the Central Committee after an emergency meeting on Tuesday, February 4 decided that prior to the congress, a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting would be held on Friday, March 27 in Kumasi.

The statement said the leadership also reviewed filing fees for the various party portfolios: Presidential aspirants will now pay filing fee of GH₵170,000 and National Chairman and leading aspirants will pay GH₵ 70,000.

The statement said, National Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, and General Secretary aspirants will pay GH₵50,000; National Organiser aspirant GH₵30, 000.00; Women Organiser aspirant, GH₵20, 000.00 and Youth Organiser aspirants GH₵20,000.

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.

The CPP Central Committee earlier 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.

But, 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 not 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 institution’s 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.

The National Delegates Congress shall elect the national chairperson, vice-chairpersons, the General Secretary, the National Treasurer, the National Organiser, and the National Women’s Organiser.

– GNA

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