Peter Mac Manu, the chairman of the national elections committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has warned candidates contesting for national executive positions in the party to desist from bribing delegates or get sanctioned.
According to Mac Manu, such acts undermine the country’s constitutional democracy and therefore the NPP will take steps to prevent its occurrence.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday (6 July), Mac Manu, said “All aspirants and their agents are, therefore, warned not to engage in any untoward behaviour that can be interpreted as bribery or treated within the meaning of the representative of people’s law 1992 PNDC law 284 which are serious criminal offences.”
“The national election committee has, therefore, engaged the Ghana Police Service who will be on the election grounds to strictly enforce the laws and arrest anyone found to be in a breach of PNDC law 284. There’s a law in this country that covers treaty and bribery, we are going to enforce it.”
Peter Mac Manu added that candidates who are faced with challenges should use appropriate means to seek redress.
The NPP national executive elections are fixed for Saturday 16 July, during the three-day national delegates’ conference of the party scheduled to take place at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium in Accra. The breakdown of the pass list of aspirants is as follows:
For the national chairmanship position, the number of approved contestants is eight. They are Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, Stephen Ayensu Ntim, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, George Kwabena Abankwa-Yeboah, Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Ekumfi, Akwasi Osei-Adjei, Gifty Ama Asantewa Ayeh and Sammy Crabbe.
Ten people will contest for the positions of first, second and third national vice-chair. They include Rita Talata Asobayire, Emmanuel Ken-Wuud Nuworsu, Kiston Akomeng Kissi, Derek Kwaku Nkansah and Michael Omari Wadie.
The five other candidates are McJewels J Annan, Ismael Yahuza, Danquah Smith Buttey, Edmond Peprah and Alhaji Masawudu Osman.
John Boadu, Justin Kodua Frimpong, Iddrisu Musah, Frederick Opare-Ansah, Charles Bissue and Ramseyer Ahmed Agyeman-Prempeh are the six men who will stand for the position of NPP general secretary.
Two ladies – Ellen Ama Daaku and Hajia Sawudatu Saeed – will come up against Kate Gyamfua, the incumbent, for the position of national women’s organiser.