During the next National Delegates’ Conference, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Election Committee has cautioned candidates for the national executive to refrain from using the media as their first port of call in the event of a complaint.
Peter Mac Manu, the chairman of the committee, conveyed the order by explaining that the party has established a mechanism to address any potential problems.
According to him, any candidate who speaks to the press without first consulting the National Election Committee will face consequences based on this internal system.
Mr. Mac Manu warned that “any aspirant who fails to channel their complaints through these channels but instead resorts to disparaging and casting aspersions at the party or any individual involved in the process within the media sphere may face disciplinary action.”
“Aspirants are further urged to desist from bastardizing the election process and the processes that have been put in place to ensure a fair and transparent election,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday at the party headquarters.
“Any aspirant with concerns should contact the National Election Committee through the Director of Elections, who is our Secretary, with the complaint,” he continued. “The complaint will be promptly addressed in the interest of fairness and justice.”
The party has taken a number of steps, including the warning from Mr. Mac Manu, to thwart any challenges that would tarnish the process, which is set to take place on July 16, 2022.
In this regard, the party’s election management committee has also recommended candidates not to erect billboards during the Conference, noting that candidates who do so risk sanctions for engaging in bribery and vote-buying.
Candidates who have been approved to run in the party’s national elections on July 16 are frantically starting field campaigns and media appearances to win over voters.
The qualified candidates are determined to build the next crop of executives to lead the party into the elections of 2024, from the installation of massive billboards to the raising of colorful banners.
But in the midst of the joy, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, a candidate for National Chairman, withdrew from the race.
If he win the election, the former High Commissioner and Attorney-General had already promised to attend to the demands of party supporters.