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NPP BEGINS CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS - John Boadu urges decency

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The New Patriotic Party national leadership has waved the green flag for the commencement of the much-awaited constituency elections, saying it will be impartial in the conduct of the elections.

The New Patriotic Party national leadership has waved the green flag for the commencement of the much-awaited constituency elections, saying it will be impartial in the conduct of the elections.

 

In an interaction with the media yesterday, John Boadu, acting General Secretary of the party, gave indications that the leadership of the party is set to have constituencies actively functioning in strengthening party structures and mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 Presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mr Boadu used the occasion to extend gratitude and appreciation to the tank and file of the party as well as members who served on the various polling station and electoral area elections committee for superintending over the conduct of the just ended polling station and electoral area elections across the country.

According to him, the National Steering Committee of the NPP has approved the rules and regulations for the conduct of the constituency primaries officially scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2018.

Addressing the media on the guidelines for the conduct of the party's forthcoming constituency primaries to elect executives following the expiration of the mandate of the current constituency officers, the Acting General Secretary said “pursuant to Article 7 of the party constitution, these primaries would be held alongside the party's chapter and external branch elections.”

According to Mr Boadu, Article 7 (26) of the party's constitution stipulates that the Constituency Annual Delegates Conference shall have in attendance, members of the Constituency Executive Committee, all electoral Area Coordinators, all the five polling station executives in the respective constituency, five members of the Council of Elders.

The rest are five constituency patrons of the party, any founding member from the constituency who is a signatory to the registration document of the party at the electoral commission.

He outlined salient rules and regulations for the conduct of the 2018 constituency primaries, explaining that there shall be constituted a constituency elections committee which shall conduct the constituency officer's elections at the scheduled dates (21-24 February, 2018) and at a venue as the CEC may determine.

He pointed out that the Constituency Election Committee shall comprise of one National Representative appointed by the National Steering Committee who shall be the chairperson of the CEC.

Mr Boadu, however, emphasized that a member of the Constituency Elections Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any position in the constituency elections.

He added that a contestant must be a registered voter and a member of the party in the constituency in which he or she seeks to contest.

The acting General Secretary further enumerated that electoral area or polling station officers who wish to contest in the constituency elections shall resign or vacate their respective positions before filing their nominations.

Mr Boadu stated categorically that in the area of fairness, only prospective aspirants were entitled to purchase application forms from the constituency elections committee.

John Boadu, outlined positions to be contested for as; constituency chairperson, constituency vice chairperson, constituency vice chairperson, constituency secretary, constituency assistant secretary, constituency treasurer, constituency women organizer, constituency youth organizer and constituency Nasara coordinator.

On the election of chapter executives, he said Chapter Annual Delegates Conference of the party shall be held from 15 to 25 February, 2018 to among other things elect executives for the various Chapters.

The Committee shall comprise one representative appointed by the respective branch executive committee who shall be the chairperson of the committee.

According to the Acting General Secretary a member of the chapter elections committee shall not  be eligible to contest for any position in the chapter elections.

Touching on the branch executive elections, Mr. Boadu stated that branch annual delegates’ conference will be held from March 18 to 30, 2018.

With regards to other decisions of the steering committee, the committee has directed each of the ten regional executive committees of the party to, with immediate effect, organize an expanded regional executive committee meeting comprising all the constituency executives in the respective regions.

He reiterated that the meeting which would be held under the supervision of at least one national officer shall set the stage for the constituency delegates' conference where inter alia, the constituency election committee shall be inaugurated.