Speaking to party faithfuls and the media, The NPP Director of Communications said the proposed amendments would make the party the first in the country to allow broad grassroots participation in the selection of its presidential and parliamentary candidates and in the election of party officers.
The amendments, he pointed out “are designed to empower the party’s constituency officers and democratise decision-making within the party instead of over centralisation away from Accra.”
He said constituency elections would soon be held to elect constituency officers and unless these amendments are adopted, the fate of many hardworking constituency officers would be decided by a narrow electoral
“This is not fair. Many of our experienced and hardworking constituency officers have differences with some of their pollingstation chairpersons through no fault of theirs”.
It is therefore necessary to expand our
Mr. Kwarteng added that though the current system of selecting leaders has served the party well, there is nothing wrong with improving upon it.
“With the amendments, the presidential primaries would be conducted in the constituencies with all polling station executives as delegates.
That again would empower our constituency officers and grassroots,” he said.
Responding to questions about disagreements over expansion of the electoral
“There are some in the party who genuinely believe the NPP must maintain the
“It is very likely that by the time the National Delegate’s Conference comes up, we would have achieved consensus.”
Early this year, proposals for constitutional amendments were made to the leadership of the NPP.
The National Council, which is the highest authority next to the National Delegates Conference has reviewed the proposals and made recommendations for the upcoming Delegates Conference billed for the Trade Fair site, Accra on August 15th.
The Communications Director urged members to help in mobilising floating voters in the region to help the party to win in 2012.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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