General News of Thursday, 21 December 2017
Some persons believed to be members of the governing New Patriotic Party in the Ellembelle Constituency of the Western Region, have besieged the party’s headquarters in Accra, demanding that their National Executives furnish them with their original polling station register.
The governing party is expected to go to the polls in January 2018, to elect polling station executives. As part of that, all party members are to have their names captured on the party’s register by December 25, 2017.
According to the livid NPP members, their constituency’s party chairman, Samuel Akenya, has refused to make available the original registers to the 16 polling station officers.
They claimed the Constituency Chairman has instead made available other forms for the registration process which he will collate all registered names himself.
In the view of the constituents, this is a ploy to manipulate the election of party executives at the constituency level, through to the national level.
Speaking to Citi News at the NPP headquarters today, Thursday, the Communications Director for the group, Felix Dickson, said directives from the police and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to Samuel Akenya to release the original register, have yielded no results hence their action.
The group has been at the NPP headquarters since 5:00am, and is yet to meet any national party executive to whom, they can present their petition.
‘Controversial’ NPP constitutional amendment proposals withdrawn
The leadership of NPP over the weekend shot down some three ‘controversial’ proposals submitted for amendment to the party’s constitution.
President Akufo-Addo, while addressing party delegates at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region at the party’s Extraordinary National Delegates’ Conference said some of the proposed amendments “will be a disaster” if adopted.
The proposals included suggestions for Members of Parliament to appoint constituency executives, party members with dual citizenship to be disqualified from contesting for any party position and for the flagbearer of the party to be considered as the leader of the party