The Brong-Ahafo Regional branch of Concerned Youth of United Nkrumahist Front has disagreed with a statement by the General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) that the National Delegates Conference of the party to elect the flag-bearer for the 2012 election would be held March next year.
This was contained in a statement read by Mr. Alexander Asante Oppong, interim Regional Chairman of the Front on behalf of members of the Front at a meeting in Sunyani on Tuesday.
The meeting was also attended by some supporters of the People’s National Congress (PNC) from Dormaa, Wamfie, Berekum and Sunyani.
The concerned youth said the statement by the General Secretary, Mr. Ivor Kobla Greenstreet, was unfortunate and would affect the party’s chances in the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
They reminded the General Secretary and the party’s Central Committee of Chapter Eight, article 18, 1 C of the party’s constitution, which read: “The National Delegates Conference shall be held at least twenty-four months before the presidential and parliamentary elections”.
The youth appealed to the Central Committee to as a matter of urgency, re-schedule the proposed date for the National Delegates Conference before the end of the year (2011) to elect the party’s flag-bearer.
“We hope that by having our flag-bearer and parliamentary candidates this year, it will enable us to market them properly while enabling the party to re-gain its past glory”, they added.
The concerned youth also did not take kindly how the Brong-Ahafo regional executives of CPP sent someone to the Central Committee to represent the Region without consulting the regional branch executive committees.
That administrative lapse was not in conformity with the Party’s Constitution Chapter Eight, Article 69, 0, they noted.
The regional branch commended the People’s National Convention (PNC) Party in Brong-Ahafo for the peaceful manner its regional elections were conducted recently in Sunyani.
The other CPP executives present at the meeting included Mr. Jerry John Okrah, Propaganda Secretary at Wamfie, Mr. Gordon Asante, second vice-chairman at Dormaa-East Constituency and Mr. Emmanuel Oduro, Regional Organiser.
Later, speaking with newsmen, Mr. Oduro said efforts were being made to open offices at all the constituencies of the Region.
He said due to lack of funds, the 17 offices that the party opened in the Region during the 2000 general elections were closed but added funds were now available to re-open five of the offices.
Mr Oduro said the CPP was hopeful to cover the rest of the Region with the re-opening of more offices.