NPP reschedules election in 6 new regions… NDC extends filing of nomination

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced that it will hold an extraordinary regional delegates conference and special regional executive committee meetings to fill vacant regional executive positions.

The decision, it explained, was necessitated by recent creation of six new regions namely, Oti, Western North, Bono East, Ahafo, Savannah and North East Regions and extraordinary regional delegates conferences will be held on May 18, 2019 in all the newly created regions.

Outlining the guidelines and modalities, John Boadu, the General Secretary of NPP, who made the disclosures at a media engagement in Accra, stated that nomination would open on April 23, and close on April 26, from the respective regional elections committees.

“Applicants wishing to contest in the regional executive elections would pay a non-refundable nomination fee of GH¢1,000.00 for the Chairperson position and GH¢500.00 for other positions, vetting for the regional conferences will take place from April 29 to 30, and vetting report will be ready on May 2.

“Disqualified aspirants can petition the national secretariat for redress by May 3, and final decision on such petitions will be communicated by May 6 while polling station, electoral area coordinator, constituency or national officer, MMDCEs, MPs, ministers or deputy ministers of state are not eligible to contest the election or to be appointed to the position of regional officers.

“The special regional executive committee meetings will be held under the supervision of a national representative on May, 3 in Bono Region, May 4, in Northern Region, May 5, in Western Region and Volta Region, the party is organising special regional executive committee meetings under article 9 of the party’s constitution at the “traditional regions.”

“Any vacancy, which may occur for whatever reason in membership of regional executive committee, will be filled by election of regional executive committee of another officer to hold such office, in case of any other officer, the regional executive committee will appoint someone to act, any person elected or appointed to fill vacancy will vacate his or her office at same time as other regional officers at end of term of four years.

“Positions to be contested for are Regional Chairman, Regional Second Vice Chairman, Regional Secretary, Regional Organiser, Regional Youth Organiser and Regional Women Organiser, all standing committees of the National Council and ad-hoc committees are duly formed and approved at last National Council meeting held on March 12, will be inaugurated on May 24.

Relatedly, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also disclosed a change of date for the filing of nominations for regional elections in the newly created regions from April 22 to April 24, 2019.

According to the party, the previous date that coincided with the Easter holidays is what informed the decision of the party to set a later date.

In a statement signed and issued by Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of NDC, said the change of date was to allow prospective aspirants have access to banking and other filing related services.

“The National Democratic Congress wishes to announce a change of date for the filing of nominations for regional elections in the ten regions created or affected by the creation of the new regions from the previously announced April 22nd to 23rd April, 2019 to April 23rd to April 24th April, 2019.

“This has been necessitated by the need for convenience in filing of nominations on a working day, so as to allow prospective aspirants have access to banking and other filing related services, especially as April 22 is a public holiday (Easter Monday).

“Secondly, for the avoidance of doubt, members are to take note, that decisions made by regional executives of the parent regions to assume or contest for positions in the newly created regions, takes effect from May 25, 2019, when elections have been conducted and officers duly sworn in in all affected regions,” the statement said.  -GNA/

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