Why NPP failed to address proposals at delegates conference – Buaben Asamoa explains

Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party, Buaben Asamoa has explained the reason the much anticipated proposals tabled by individuals and groups for amendment failed to see the light of day at the just ended national delegates conference.

According to Mr Buaben Asamoa, the proposals, initially numbering 128 were whittled down by the National Executive committee to 38, which included 91 motions.
He noted that the highest decision body could not review the proposals because they were too many for the 8000 delegates present.

The Communications Director posited that the action made article 19 of the NPP’s constitution not fit for purpose anymore.

Under Article 19, constitutional amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote at the National Delegates Conference.

“National Executive Committee thought that it will be very difficult to propose 91 individual motions before an 8000 member conference in order to debate each one to a conclusion and either adopt or reject in order to effect a constitutional change.”

“We have brought article 19 into sharp focus; we are now going to refine the process for amending the constitution. Because we found out at the moment that, it is unworthy. The numbers are incapable of dealing with the amendment as effectively as they ought to be dealt with,” Mr Buaben Asamoa furthered in an interview with 3FM.

The party’s hierarchy of decision comprises of National Delegates Conference, National Council, National Executive Committee and the Steering Committee.

He however noted that the National Council would have to review the Article 19 components in order to resubmit to the National Delegates Conference.

The New Patriotic Party did not conclude on proposed amendments, which had been tabled as the main agenda for the annual Conference over the weekend.

Key among the proposals was a proposal to elect a presidential candidate two years before a major election.

Currently, the Party elects its Presidential candidate two years before General Elections if the Party is in opposition and a year when it is in power.

There are concerns by some within the party that the current arrangement makes it difficult for a newly elected candidate to mend bridges among aspirants and other party members