Former President John Kufuor will not take part in the National Delegates Conference to elect new national executives for the New Patriotic Party.
He would however be voted for by proxy, Chairman of the Elections Committee of the NPP Martin Mensah Korsah told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey in an exclusive interview at the Tamale Sports Stadium, venue for Saturday’s Conference.
It is not clear yet the official reason for President John Kufuor’s no-show, even though his international assignment on climate change may be the reason.
Already, 2012 presidential candidate of the party Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as well key officials within the party arrived in Tamale, Thursday morning ahead of Saturday’s Conference.
Over 5000 delegates are expected to attend the Conference and elect new executives to steer the affairs of the party prior to the 2016 election.
All is set
The Elections Committee chairman Martin Korsah said all is set for Saturday’s crucial Conference.
“Issues of security have all been decided. We have been discussing with stakeholders how the ground movement are going to be vis-a-vis screening of people, sitting arrangement and so on.
“So everything is set we are in good shape. We are expecting the delegates to arrive tomorrow as expected,” he revealed.
Political activity has intensified at the stadium, with billboards, posters competing for space and attention.
A major platform was being mounted when Myjoyonline.com got to the stadium Thursday afternoon.
According to Mensah Korsah, voting will be done according to regions. Delegates in a particular region will be called and they will go to a designated polling station to vote.
Voting without picture
Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah said the Committee has decided that delegates who have no pictures on their albums would be allowed to vote only as far as they have any other form of identity or can be vouched for constituency executives.
Constituency executives in three constituencies in the Ashanti Region are racing against time to have a re-run of constituency elections to elect new executive.
A court has put an injunction on delegates from the affected constituencies from voting following disputed constituency elections.
A re-run of elections has been ordered in the affected areas. Mensah Korsah said until “proper” and “credible” elections are held in those areas, the court’s decision will hold.
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