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LIVE BY THE RULES: NPP CAUTIONS ASPIRING MPs

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The New Patriotic Party has cautioned all interested people wishing to contest the 2019 parliamentary primaries to run as parliamentary candidates in the 2020 elections not to rock the boat by unduly upstaging incumbent Members of Parliament.

The New Patriotic Party has cautioned all interested people wishing to contest the 2019 parliamentary primaries to run as parliamentary candidates in the 2020 elections not to rock the boat by unduly upstaging incumbent Members of Parliament.

 

Anybody interested in the primaries, according to a statement signed by the general secretary of the party, John Boadu, must fall in step with the official guidelines and set an example of discipline while they wait patiently for the rules to unfold.

Sprinting

In the short statement, the NPP general secretary asked all rank-and-file party people, and particularly those with a vested interest in the primaries, to desist from sprinting before the rules are officially announced.

The statement, signed by the general secretary, “wishes to caution individual members of the party who are nursing ambitions to contest in the party’s 2019 parliamentary primaries to DESIST from campaigning as the party is yet to open nominations and set out the guidelines for the primaries”.

Complaints

According to Mr Boadu, the decision had been informed through discreet reports received by his office regarding the “conduct of some prospective parliamentary aspirants who are overtly and covertly campaigning to delegates ahead of the opening of nominations”.

He pointed out that the conduct of these people not only flouts the NPP’s internal regulations, but also undermines the very structures of the party, particularly at the constituency and regional levels.

To deter infighting and needless internal wrangling when the party has larger battles to fight in the 2020 elections and needs peace to strategise, the general secretary reminded all members that the NPP reserves “the right to disqualify any parliamentary aspirant who fails to abide by the rules of engagement”.

He added that the NPP is a disciplined party and, as such, it will expect from everyone concerned that everything is done “in accordance with rules and regulations” governing the NPP as a political party and a credible organisation.

Voters’ album

Mr Boadu also used the occasion to announce that in each of the 275 constituencies nationwide, the delegates’ album used to elect the current constituency executives at the 2018 constituency annual delegates’ conference will be the same as the one that will be used for the conduct of the parliamentary primaries.

He however indicated that, if the need arises for a review of the constituency albums, the decision to do this shall be taken by nobody or group of people other than the national executives, after which the result of their decision will be conveyed and communicated accordingly to the relevant constituencies, delegates and any other stakeholders.

He reminded members of the party, including delegates, constituency, regional and national executives, that the NPP’s National Secretariat already has copies of the various constituency albums for each of the 275 constituencies and that it is these albums which will be used mandatorily for the parliamentary primaries, until otherwise communicated by the national party.

Sanctions

Mr Boadu warned that if anybody attempts any other option in determining the parameters of the primaries, this will be going against the party’s laws. The NPP general secretary added that it will be a futile exercise for such people, particularly if they are a constituency executive, prospective parliamentary aspirant, sitting MP or other stakeholder.

Any such course of action, he said, would be tantamount to tampering with the current constituency albums for the purpose of effecting changes to suit their interest.
Such an act would be not only immoral and unethical but also unbecoming of a party as credible as the NPP, Mr Boadu said. He again warned “all persons who may be engaged in such enterprise to desist forthwith”, or face appropriate sanctions in accordance with the party’s disciplinary procedures.