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NPP National Delegates Conference to kick-start on Friday

By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 24, GNA – The ruling New Patriotic
Party (NPP) would hold its 2017 National Annual Delegates Conference from
Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, in Cape Coast in the Central Region
under the theme: “NPP, Delivering on our Promises; our Roots, our
Strength, our Future”.

The conference is being held in pursuance of
Article 9(1) of the Party’s Constitution, which states that, “There shall
be a National Annual Delegates Conference which shall be the supreme governing
body of the Party”.

In pursuant of the provisions of Article 6 and
7 of the Party’s Constitution, it had already organised constituency and
regional delegates conferences in all the 275 constituencies across the
country, which had paved the way for the organisation of the national delegates
conference.

Mr John Boadu, the Acting General-Secretary of
the Party, told the media in Accra, on Tuesday, that the National Council, the
second highest decision making body of the Party, held a crunch meeting on
Friday, August 18, and among other things, spelt out modalities and agreed on
the activities to be observed at the gathering as well as the rules of
engagement with recourse to the conference planning committee, chaired by Mr F.
F. Antoh.

The relevant resolutions from that meeting
includes: The conference would be held at the Medical School Auditorium of the
University of Cape Coast in the Central Region.

Delegates to the conference, per the provision
of Article 9(2)(ii) include, members of the national council, members of the
national executive committee, all members of the regional executive committee,
all members of the constituency executive committee and 15 members from the
national council of elders.

Others are; 12 delegates from every external
branch as defined under section 8(2) of the Party’s Constitution, one TESCON
representative from each recognised tertiary institution in the country, 15
patrons elected from among themselves, founding members across the country who
are signatories to the registration documents of the Party at the Electoral
Commission, all members of Parliament and all party members who are ministers,
deputy ministers and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.

In all, about 5,500 delegates are expected to
attend the conference.

This year’s conference coincides with the 25th
Anniversary of the NPP and 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Gold
Coast Convention (UGCC).

It would afford them the opportunity to
reflect on the core values underpinning the formation of the Party and assess
the extent to which the Party had remained focused on these founding principles
with the view to learning relevant lessons to guide them for the future.

The activities lined-up for the conference are
as follows:

Day One: Friday, August 25-There shall be
Muslim Prayers (Jummah) and some social events.

Day Two: Saturday, August 26-The main
conference to be held at the Medical School Auditorium of the University of
Cape Coast.

The meeting would deliberate and make
appropriate resolutions on National Chairman’s report, National Treasurer’s
Statement of Accounts, General Secretary’s report, deliberate on resolutions
from all the 10 regions and also consider proposals for amendments to the
Party’s Constitution which had been received and circulated to all
stakeholders.

The meeting would end at 1600 hours then there
would be a mammoth rally at the Victoria Park in Cape Coast, which would be
addressed by the leadership of the Party, President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo, the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Ministers of State and other
key government officials.

Day Three: Sunday, August 27-There would be a
Thanksgiving Service at the Calvary Methodist Church, Cape Coast to wrap up the
conference.

Meanwhile, the National Council reminded
prospective aspirants for various party positions to avoid campaigning or
exhibiting posters and banners at the conference, since the Party had not
lifted the ban on campaign.

The Acting General-Secretary of the NPP said
the Party reserved the right to reprimand or sanction anyone who flouts the directive.

GNA

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