As the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) advances towards their constituency elections to choose new leaders for the party, the Regional Executive Committee of the party in the Northern Region has indefinitely suspended the electoral processes leading to the elections of Polling Station executives, Electoral Area Coordinators in the Bimbila and Daboya-Mankaragu constituencies in the northern region.
According to the party in a communiqué issued on Monday, January 22, 2018, this decision was arrived at following the security situation in those areas.
The statement signed by the Northern Regional Communications Director, Mr. Issahaque A. Latif stressed further that, this was necessary because of the consultations they had from the party hierarchy in the two respective constituencies.
“…As all of us are aware, the Northern Region towns of Bimbilla, Daboya and Mankaragu are currently witnessing chieftaincy and tribal tensions that has led, unfortunately, to the lost of some lives and properties. The Party therefore thinks it will be proper to postpone all party activities in these towns until calm is restored” he stated.
In a related development, the party has again halted similar exercise in the Nalerigu-Gambaga constituency. Mr. Latif explained that “following series of written petitions and complaints of electoral malpractices and fraud against the current electoral processes in the Nalerigu-Gambaga Constituencies of the Northern Region, the Regional Executive Committee has decided to intervene, and thus, has suspended forthwith the election processes leading to the election of Polling Station Executive and Electoral Area Coordinators in the Nalerigu-Gambaga Constituency in order to avert any trouble”.
Meanwhile, the Regional Executive Committee is however urging calm among party supporters in the affected constituencies as plans and strategies are put in place to ensure all qualified and interested party members exercise their democratic rights.
by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com _Tamale, Ghana