Poverty Stricken NPP Reschedule March Congress

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ghana’s biggest opposition party, has rescheduled its impending National Delegates Congress to a later date.

The Congress to elect National Executives, was planned to take place on March 1, 2014. But the National Council of the party at a meeting on Tuesday moved the date to April 12.

The Council, has also agreed on a centralised Congress to be held in Tamale in the Northern Region.

NPP’s National Executives, had indicated that a centralised election would cost the party an amount of 1.2 million Ghana cedis, while a decentralised one would only cost a little over 150,000 Ghana cedis. The executives chose the latter, but was hit by fierce resistance, especially from Members of Parliament (MP).

National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, explained that the party was not in a sound financial state to organize a centralised election.

But the MPs say their checks show that a centralized election will cost 686,000 Ghana cedis for the about 5600 delegates expected to participate in the Congress.

Though those pushing for a centralised Congress have their way, it is not clear how much it is going to cost the party, Joy News’ Anny Osabutey reported.

However, sources say all financial matters concerning the national election have been resolved.