The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced the digitisation of nominations for electoral area coordinators’ elections, which opened yesterday March 14, and is expected to end today March 15, 2022.
The move is part of measures to make nomination forms more accessible to all interested party members. In that regard, the party decided to upload the forms on its website and social media platforms for free downloads.
The NPP General Secretary, John Boadu, who made announcement at a press conference, said the party had also fixed March 18 to March 20, 2022 to hold the electoral area coordinators’ elections.
Mr Boadu said members who would download the forms would be required to submit the completed nomination forms to the respective polling stations and electoral area elections committee, where they would be required to pay GHC50 as their filing fee.
He, however, indicated that notwithstanding the upload of the forms online, the party would send at least five hardcopies of the nomination forms to each electoral area for interested members.
For purposes of this electoral area elections, the NPP scribe pointed out that no new electoral areas shall be created in any constituency, adding that the existing electoral areas shall be maintained in spite of any provisions to the contrary.
Touching on some developments that had emerged from the party’s recently held polling station elections, Mr Boadu said the party would take disciplinary action against all persons whose actions resulted in bringing the name of the party into disrepute.
According to him, although the party’s recent polling stations elections were largely successful, the exercise witnessed pockets of disturbances in some places.
Mr Boadu noted that many of the issues that resulted in the disturbances could have been avoided if the aggrieved supporters had used the party’s laid down procedures to resolve them.
Mr Boadu said the party was taking steps to expel its members who took part in painting the party’s office at Fomena in the colours of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Some aggrieved NPP members at Fomena were captured on video repainting the party’s office in the colours of the NDC. Reacting to the incident, Mr Boadu said it was despicable that some party members would go to the extent of repainting the party’s colours in those of another party over an issue of misunderstanding.
For him, the supporters acted on misinformation, noting that if they had sought answers to their grievances from the right sources, such an embarrassing incident would not have occurred.
“In the specific case of the disturbances witnessed at Fomena, including the painting of the party office with NDC colours, the party takes serious view of this gross misconduct which is not only reprehensible but also an affront to the very dignity of the party,” he noted.