The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on its rank and file to remain calm and respect the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s list of nominees for metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs).
The much-expected list, according to government officials, would be made public anytime soon.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Friday 17 September 2021, the Director of communications of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, accepted the fact that, not every person will have his or her preferred candidate nominated, but asked members to welcome the president’s decision.
“We urge everybody to be calm and to act in ways that promote good relations at a working level in order to give the nominees the best possible opportunity to work in the interest of the grassroots of the nation,” he stated.
The selection process, according to the NPP’s communications director, reflects the President’s vision for “our local governance system and country at large”.
“Now that the selection process is over, we urge all former contestants and stakeholders to adopt the nominees as their own, encourage smooth confirmation processes, and support approved MMDCEs to deliver the best to their areas. Once the list is published, competition in any form, ought to end,” he said.
The party also advised the nominees to, as much as possible, be open and provide space for divergent opinions.
On the party’s ongoing registration of its members, Asamoa expressed concerns about how some officers are preventing some members from registering, thinking that, the register will be used for internal elections.
“Party officer election registers shall be compiled differently and will be done later per guidelines to be issued… So, we are assuring all our polling station executives to open up, work hard and try and capture as many persons who are likely to vote NPP as possible. The names should also go into the books that have been provided. Names in any other book not provided by the party for this exercise will not be valid or properly captured,” Asamoa said.