The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will on Saturday May 25 elect regional executives for the six new regions.
It is has also announced April 11, as date for the opening of nominations for the positions.
In a release signed by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the decision was arrived at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last Friday.
The statement also outline the guidelines and timetable to ensure a successful selection of the regional executives.
Ghana now has six new regions – Western North, Oti, Ahafo, Bono East, Savannah and North East regions following a referendum in December.
President Akufo-Addo has also presented the Constitutional Instruments to give legal backing for the regions and announced their capital.
Here is the statement by the NDC
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC in a meeting held in Accra on Friday 5th April, 2019, has approved the guidelines to govern the selection of Regional Executives in the regions affected by the creation of the new regions.
The following decisions shall apply in all concerned regions:
i) All regional executives in the parent regions shall remain in their positions except otherwise decided by the individual to move to a newly created region.
ii) Where the executives decide to move to newly-created regions, they shall resign their positions on or before Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 in writing to the General Secretary copied to the Regional Chairman of the parent region.
iii) Resigned executives shall assume their analogous positions in the newly created regions as shall be indicated in the resignation letter. Such executives shall not go through elections, unless they choose to contest for another vacant portfolio.
iv) All other vacancies that may be created as a result of the movements shall be filled through elections to be conducted by the party.
v) Meanwhile, the Regional Executives of the parent regions shall have oversight responsibility over the newly created regions until the new executives are sworn-in after the elections.
The following timetable shall apply in the conduct of the regional elections in the four (4) parent regions and the six (6) newly created regions to fill the vacancies.
• Opening of Nominations – Thurs. 11th – 13th April, 2019
• Filing of Nominations – Mon. 22nd – 23rd April, 2019
• Vetting – Wed. 24th – 25th April, 2019
• Appeals – Friday 26th – 29th April, 2019
• Final Notice of Poll – 2nd May, 2019
• Elections – Saturday, 25th May, 2019”
NPP to elect executives for new regions on May 4
Meanwhile, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has also scheduled May 4, 2019, to elect executives for the newly created regions in the country.
General Secretary of the party, John Boadu in the statement said this was decided on during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at their headquarters.
“The NPP shall, pursuant to Article 18 of the Party’s Constitution and notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, hold an Extraordinary Regional Annual Delegates Conference on May 4, 2019, to elect officers to occupy vacant regional executive positions, occasioned by the recent regional reorganization,” a statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu noted.
The NPP earlier directed its current regional executives to oversee the six newly created regions until substantive executives are elected to fill such positions.