The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) annual delegates conference scheduled from today, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, to take place in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast, is expected to attract about 5,500 members and sympathisers in the country.
The event, which will be hosted at the University of Cape Coast Medical School Auditorium, will deliberate on the national chairman’s report, national treasurer’s Statement of Accounts, general secretary’s report, resolutions from all the 10 regions and also consider proposals for amendments to the party’s constitution which have been received and circulated to all stakeholders.
It comes after new executive members of the party were elected successfully in all the 275 constituencies and the 10 regions across the country.
25th anniversary of NPP
The conference, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the NPP and 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), is anchored on the theme, “NPP, delivering on our promises; our roots, our strength, our future.”
Delegates who will be attending 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, 15 members from the National Council of elders, 12 delegates from every external branch as defined under section 8(2) of the party’s constitution.
Others include one Tescon representative from each of the recognised tertiary institutions in the country, 15 patrons elected, 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 MMDCEs.
Programme line-up for the conference
A statement signed by the acting General Secretary of the party, Mr John Boadu, explained that there will be Muslim prayers (Jummah) as well as some social events in the evening on Friday.
He added that there would be a mammoth rally on Saturday at the Victoria Park at 4 p.m. to be addressed by the leadership of the party, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Ministers of State and other key government appointees.
The main conference will be held on Saturday, August 26 at the Medical School auditorium of the University of Cape Coast.
On Sunday, August 27, there will be a thanksgiving service at the Calvary Methodist Church, Cape Coast.
‘The party has put in place all the necessary arrangements and is very confident that the 2017 national annual delegates’ conference and the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the NPP shall be a remarkable success, the party said.
Don’t campaign at conference
Meanwhile, the National Council of the party has cautioned its members who have plans of contesting for various positions in the party not to use the upcoming conference in Cape Coast as a platform to market themselves.
Some members of the party have announced their intention to contest for positions at the constituency, regional and national levels with their campaign posters for the elections scheduled for 2018.
The council wishes to remind them that the party has not lifted the ban for campaign; neither has it opened nominations. In view of this, the party is appealing to all prospective candidates to desist from repeating this undemocratic and untidy enterprise at the national delegates’ conference.
The party reserves the right to reprimand or sanction anyone who flouts the directive.