Politics of Sat, 14 Jul 201847
‘No billboard’ campaigns – NDC directs
The governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) display of opulence at the party’s National Delegates Conference has prompted the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to call for restraint in campaigns in its upcoming national executive election.
The party leadership has issued a ceiling of 20 posters for each candidate at the conference grounds, while it banned aspirants from mounting billboards, a document sighted by Kasapafmonline.com revealed.
The party warned that it’ll take on aspirants who may breach the new directive.
The main opposition directive comes on the back of the barrage of condemnation against the excessive luxuriance seen at last weekend’s national executive election by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Koforidua.
A representative of the UK’s Conservative Party Dr. John Hayward spoke against the elaborate posters at conference grounds during his solidarity message.
“I came through the streets today and I saw so many posters of the wonderful candidates here. But I had to reflect. I think I saw more posters than the delegates at this conference and I wondered, ‘is this really the best use of our resources?’” said Dr. Hayward.
Meanwhile, the NDC directive has reportedly been given to the party members through their various regional executives which aspects of it says; “Aspirants are not allowed to mount billboards throughout the campaign periods.
“ Aspirants are only entitled to two banners (4×6 size) at the congress grounds.
“ No aspirant shall post more than 20 posters at the conference grounds. Aspirants must desist from personal attacks on each other on any platform. Any aspirant who violates these regulations shall be disqualified,” the directive said among others.
However, the NDC is yet to set a date for its national executive elections.