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Wed, Sep

NPP tasks committee to probe constitution review proposals

The National Council of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has set up an 11-member committee to review all proposals for the party’s constitutional amendments.

The committee has been given two months within which to complete its work.

A Vice Chairman of the NPP, Mr Frederick Fredua Antoh, will chair the committee. Other members include a former Member of Parliament, Mr Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, deputy ministers, Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, Mr Godfred Dame, Mr Joseph Dimdiok Kpemka and Mr Ben Abdallah Banda.

Two-months duration

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Accra yesterday, the acting General Secretary, Mr John Boadu, said the committee had two months to present its report.

“Per the resolution of the national conference, this committee has two months within which to present its final report to the party. What it means is that the committee is supposed to present its report to the general secretary not later than November 15 of this year [2017].”

He said the national council at its meeting on Wednesday also resolved that “two weeks after the receipt of the committee’s report, it shall reconvene to consider same, and two weeks afterwards, an extra ordinary national delegate’s conference will be organised solely for the purpose of considering and accepting the report of the committee’s work.”

Mr Boadu added that all things being equal, the party was likely to host the extraordinary national delegates conference “sometime in the middle of December [2017].”

During the NPP’s conference in Cape Coast in August 2017, it was agreed that a committee be set up to review all proposals.

NPP founding fathers kick against constitutional review

The association of founding fathers and patrons of the NPP in the Ashanti Region earlier kicked against proposed changes to the party’s constitution.

It warned that some of the amendments being canvassed were problematic and could create trouble for the party.

The association at a press conference addressed by its Chairman, Mr Kofi Obiri Yeboah in Kumasi, made reference to the suggestion that a Member of Parliament (MP)/parliamentary candidate is allowed to appoint constituency and polling station officers, and described it as outrageous.

They added that the party had come too far “to throw democracy to the dogs.”