General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, has replaced Peter Mac Manu on the Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) Electoral reform Committee, currently meeting in Koforidua the Eastern regional capital.
Even though some NPP activists are fretting over the displacement, Kwabena Agyepong said he took that decision because some elders of the party had suggested that he should represent the party on the committee.
The Electoral Commission on January 23, 2015, inaugurated a 10-member committee to oversee the implementation of electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The committee, chaired by a deputy commissioner in-charge of finance and administration of the EC, Georgina Opoku- Amankwa, include Peter Mac Manu (NPP), Asiedu Nketia (NDC), Christian Owusu Parry (EC), Mrs Rebecca Kabuki, James Kwabena Bomfeh (CPP), Anim Kofi Addo, Kwesi Jonah, IDEG, Ransford
Gyampoh, IEA and Franklin Oduro of CDD- Ghana. But Mr Mac Manu has been urged out.
A group of NPP activists, calling itself ‘Concerned NPP Members’ on Monday sent a petition to the party’s Asylum down headquarters for a reversal of the decision.
They virtually accused the General secretary of running a one-man show, and asked him to make way for Mr Mac Manu, former national Chairman of the NPP, on the committee.
‘this latest move by the General secretary has set the rest of the party on panic.
‘We are even more amazed by the manner he (Mac Manu) was recalled from and replaced on the committee by the same General secretary,’ leader of the group who presented the petition, David Asante, said.
‘Granted that the unilateral decision by the General secretary to initially appoint Mac Manu as the party’s representative to the Committee was wrong, the backlash on his latest decision to pull him out is obviously not popular,’ he stated.
For them, ‘Kwabena Agyepong himself must have had a very good reason for putting forward Mac Manu as the party’s representative when the EC created that opportunity, although he failed to consult with the party.’
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