The Presidential Elections Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reaffirmed its commitment to conducting free, fair, and transparent presidential candidate election that will uphold the principles of democracy and maintain the integrity of its internal processes.
Addressing the press yesterday at the party’s headquarters, the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Kwabena Abankwah-Yeboah, on behalf of the Chairman, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, cautioned aspirants and their representatives against the dissemination of any information that could undermine its credibility or the party’s reputation.
Mr Abankwah-Yeboah emphasised the committee’s dedication to upholding the party’s democratic values and ensuring that the selection of the presidential candidate accurately reflects the will of the party members.
He assured aspirants and their representatives that their concerns would be addressed, and their rights would be protected throughout the entire electoral process.
He stated that the committee had put in place the needed the planning, organization, supervision and execution of the Special Electoral College and the main election (Congress), scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2023, and Saturday, November 4, 2023, respectively.
“Additionally, the committee is vested with fostering harmonious relationships with external stakeholders to ensure a successful electoral process. We have so far demonstrated our commitment to executing our duties impartially and with unwavering integrity,” he indicated.
Mr Abankwah-Yeboah said the committee, since its inauguration by the party on July 24, 2023, had held 12 sessions, which include meetings, engagements and consultations with all stakeholders.
Citing some of the work done so far, he mentioned that the committee had successfully formulated operational guidelines that outline procedures and regulations for the Special Electoral College.
These include balling, circulation of voter album among aspirants for review and verification, secured venues across regional capitals for voting, security arrangements, as well as undertaken Special Electoral College composition and proxy applications.
On the Special Electoral College composition, he pointed out that 956 delegates are expected to participate in this election.
“As per the NPP Constitution, the Special Electoral College comprises representatives from various party entities, including the National Council, the National Executive Committee, all Regional Executive Committee, all Members of the National Council of Elders, all the Party Members of Parliament, 3 representatives of each of the special organs of the Party,” he explained.
Others, he mentioned, are past National Officers, three representatives each from every external branch (27 Branches in all), Founding Members during the registration of the party at the Electoral Commission and all party card bearing Ministers
On proxy applications, Mr Abankwah-Yeboah disclosed that the committee had 20 proxy applications, as of the submission deadline, revealing that “one of the applicants has passed on”.
He said voting centres are designated according to delegate categories, adding that “voting rules emphasize free, fair, and confidential balloting. Actions such as multiple voting, trading of votes, coercion, obstruction, and the display of marked ballots are prohibited at all voting centres”.
He admonished everyone to adhere to the rules and regulations set by the party and the Electoral Commission.