“It wasn’t for the purpose of keeping a low profile”, a frustrated member disclosed to The Worker, “actually it exposed the prevailing lack of interest in the Convention People’s Party (CPP) due to a comatose leadership and therefore, their inability to effectively organise the party from the grassroots to the national level”.
With the exception of the Volta and Greater Accra Regions being the only regions left to hold their Regional conferences, the CPP can therefore wish to be seen as having been able to clear one of her internal constitutional hurdles – the election of Regional officers across the country.
Thus from September 28th to October 10th, the party committed itself to hold these conferences, albeit, without the application of certain basic and fundamental democratic principles,
Many observers would reason that the fact that officers deemed to have been elected unopposed, arose as a result of delegates feeling that these officers were too strong, versatile, committed and ideologically inclined to hold those positions without contest. However, on the contrary, it can also be said that, that is not the case, but rather, carefully selected party members were handpicked from various constituencies and brought to the regional conferences to declare the “appointment” of certain favored individuals as a fait accompli. This ploy, as is widely perceived, was hatched to carry out the bidding of the immediate past and failed Presidential Candidate, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, in order to manipulate the party’s upcoming congress to elect a predetermined candidate for the National Presidential Elections in 2020.
Regional office-holders in virtually all the respective positions – Chairman, Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser, Youth Organiser, Women’s Organiser and Education Officer, were declared unopposed in almost all the regions where the conferences were held. This observation was generally deemed to hold true except for the Central [for only Treasurer], Western, Western North [for only the organizer] Ashanti, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions. In these latter regions, elections were held for only the positions of Chairman, 1st Vice, Organiser, Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser. In the Eastern Region, the Regional Chairman elect, Semefah Mawutor went unopposed.
A credible source in the party told The Worker that there is no record to show that elected regional officers paid for their filing fees either. According to the source, where the funding for the elections came from – to hold these regional conferences, has not been disclosed and that the acting National Chairperson, Hamdatu Ibrahim Haruna, is alleged to have told delegates in Sunyani in the Bono Region that, “people are accusing me and the acting General Secretary for taking money for the regional conferences. Yes, we have taken money to run the conferences. We have done ‘lalasulala’ [begging] for money to run the regional conferences and people are pointing accusing fingers at us for doing so. If you want, you can also go and beg for money”.
On the conduct of the elections itself, large plastic bowls which are otherwise used for domestic purposes were used in lieu of ballot boxes. This infraction clearly undermines the spirit of democracy and the principle of secret balloting. Speaking to some disappointed members of the party, they expressed worry about why the Ag. General Secretary, James Kwabena Bomfeh would be standing close to the plastic ballot bowls, watching and instructing delegates what to do – that is, in the few cases where voting was conducted. The plain and unfortunate fact is that the Electoral Commission, for whatever unknown reasons, was not present to supervise the elections as is required by law.
Some delegates, who spoke to The Worker on grounds of anonymity, disclosed that the party conferences lacked the characteristic air of festivity and excitement which was widely prevalent in the past. They added that with the singular exception of one Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankuma, who was seen distributing stickers reported to contain messages of the relevance of the CPP in contemporary Ghana, the mood at these elections was blasé and perfunctory. Nana Akosua Frimpomaa was a former running mate to Dr. Michael Abu Sakara in 2012. She has been very helpful to the CPP and it is believed she will be running for the National Chairperson position in an effort to revive the fortunes of this once great party and to restore its dignity in the hearts and minds of Ghanaians.