By: Nicholas Osei-Wusu
The Ashanti regional Elections Committee of the New Patriotic Party, NPP has rescheduled to Saturday, 28th May 2022, its Elections meant to select new batch of Executives to manage affairs of the party in the next four years.
The election was originally scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2022.
Sources close to the Committee confirmed to our Correspondent, Nicholas Osei-Wusu, that venue for the exercise has been moved from the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council premises in Kumasi, to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, also in Kumasi.
The change in date and venue of the Ashanti Regional NPP election comes two days after some of the Aspirants officially petitioned the National Leadership of the party to express disquiet about original venue for the exercise on giving reasons that it could create room for intimidation and manipulation.
Additionally, concerns have been raised about the unavailability of the Delegates’ Photo Album, days to the elections.
The Photo Album is the Register of all eligible delegates to vote at the Regional Congress.
The Album allows Aspirants to know exactly who is entitled to attend and actively participate in the event while monitoring to ward off the inclusion of unqualified persons during the voting.
This Album also enables Aspirants to design their campaign schedules and specific messages in canvassing for votes.
In a related development, the Alternative Dispute Committee under the Chairmanship of Madam Cecilia Dapaah has recommended for the consideration of the National Executive Committee of the NPP to nullify the recently held Constituency Executives elections held in the Fomena Constituency in the Ashanti region.
This came to the fore on Thursday, May 26, 2022, when High Court Five in Kumasi called for hearing of the writ filed by some aggrieved members of the party who are unsatisfied with circumstances under which the Fomena Constituency Executives elections were organized.
The disgruntled members, therefore, petitioned the High Court, presided over by Madam Patricia Gyan, to annul results of the elections and order a re-run of it on grounds that some of the delegates who voted at that polls were unqualified to do so.
At Thursday’s hearing, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee asked the Court for additional time to ensure that the party’s hierarchy considers the recommendation to re-organize that election and later return to inform the Court.
Justice Patricia Gyan, therefore, entered the plea on record which indicates that there will be no delegates from the Fomena Constituency on Saturday’s, May 28th Ashanti Regional Delegates Congress to elect new Regional Executives to lead the party.