The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set to hold its extraordinary delegates’ conference on Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
The event will be held at the Heroes Park, behind the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The conference, which is in pursuance to Article 9(A)(5) of the NPP constitution is to deliberate, consider and adopt a draft constitutional amendment for the party, officials say.
The weekend’s conference is a follow up to the Cape Coast conference held earlier in August where various proposals were made for amendments to the party’s constitution.
Over 5,000 delegates including founding fathers and patrons of the party, New Patriotic Party Members of Parliament, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDCEs) and party officials are expected at the conference scheduled for Sunday.
According to the Ashanti Regional NPP scribe, Sam Pyne, security arrangements had been made in order to ensure that the conference is incident-free.
The party has therefore warned its members to be of good behaviour during the conference tomorrow.
According to Mr Sam Pyne, security at the Heroes Park would be extremely tight during the entire duration of the event.
In this regard, any party member who would try to take the law into their hands might have issues with the law enforcement agents.
Sammy Awuku, National Youth Organizer of the NPP, has entreated delegates from the 275 constituencies in the country that would be attending the programme to be of good behaviour to avert trouble.
According to him, the programme would be graced by dignitaries such as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and so definitely security would be beefed up.
“A programme which would be attended by the president and the vice president would definitely have a tight security so I am appealing to our members not to indulge in any lawless acts that would get them in trouble.
“It is an open secret that NPP members, all over the country and beyond, are law-abiding and democratic people so I am entreating them to replicate their usual positive behaviours during Sunday’s event,” he said on Peace FM yesterday.
Mr Awuku disclosed that accommodation had been provided for about 5,000 people to house the delegates who would converge on the Ashanti Region.
He stated that transportation and other incentives, which are crucially needed to help make the programme successful, had been provided by the party’s leadership, ahead of the event.
He also urged the members, especially those in the external branches, not to panic about recommendations that had been made by some party people, saying, “Those recommendations are not binding, for now.”
He explained that all those recommendations would be put before the National Delegates Conference – which is the highest decision-making body in the NPP – to either accept them or rejected them on Sunday.
Mr Awuku also disclosed that copies of recommendations that the party members had made had been documented and supplied to the delegates so that they could make informed choices. – Additional files from Daily Guide