The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it has banned all activities associated with internal party contests which include Parliamentary and Presidential Primaries campaigns ahead of its National Delegate Conference.
In a statement, the Party stated that its impending National Delegates Conference is expected to be held between 18th and 20th December 2021 at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
According to the NPP, they cherish the tradition of democratic competition and with the belief that well-meaning aspirants will appreciate the need for such measures, which are necessary to enable a clear focus on the aims of the Conference.
“At a meeting held on Thursday 9th December 2021, the National Steering Committee of the Party, acting under Article 10 (10) (1) of the Constitution of the Party and in furtherance of the Code of Conduct issued under Article 18 to regulate and guide the activities of members prior to the opening of nominations, has banned the display of paraphernalia and advocacy for individual aspirants at the upcoming National Annual Delegates Conference.
“The Party continued that “no billboards and or sign boards, banners or any kind of outdoor signage with the images and or names of individual members, with or without the consent of the individual, shall be acceptable. This applies to the area within the Greater Kumasi Metropolis. All such displays, if put up already, should be removed,” the NPP Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa disclosed said in the statement.
It continued that “Furthermore, no t-shirts, flyers, brochures, and or souvenirs, branded and or embossed with the portraits and names of individuals, shall be allowed within the precincts of the Conference, including but not limited to places of accommodation for delegates. Any person, with or without their consent, whose image is flaunted on any advocacy material and who does not take active steps to desist from any public displays of aspiration for position within the precincts of Greater Kumasi, runs a higher risk of disqualification in the event nominations are declared opened.”
The Communication Director indicated that the Conference is a time of renewal for the Party adding that the true spirit behind the Conference is to enhance Party unity around the singular effort of working closely with Ghanaians.
According to him, the Party will also focused on dealing with constitutional amendments proposed by members.
The NPP has also disclosed that with the emergence of the new variant, it has instituted a Vaccination Policy at its 2021 National Annual Delegates Conference.
Mr. Buaben Asamoa stated that in response to enhanced protocols due to the fourth wave of Covid-19, attendees to the National Conference, are advised to take jabs of vaccine immediately, wherever they may find themselves.
“The Conference represents the end of a five-month long, but fruitful process. Starting in August 2021 under strict Covid-19 protocols, 275 Constituency Annual Delegates Conferences and 16 Regional Annual Delegates Conferences have been held, bringing together nearly 300,000 people, a feat unequaled in this era of Covid-19.
“The Party is humbly requesting the Ghana Health Service to publish a list of places where shots of vaccine can be received in order for Party members to take jabs before the Conference date. There will also be medical personnel at the Conference venue to support compliance with the Protocols. All must carry their vaccination cards with them,” he added.