Sunday, August 3, 2008

RDP GOES TO CONGRESS TODAY (PAGE 14)

THE Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD) is gearing up for its first national delegates congress at the Great Hall of the Kumasi Polytechnic today to elect its presidential candidate for the December elections.
The party would also elect substantive national executive to run the party for the next four years.
At the close of nominations, three people had filed to contest for the presidential candidate position.
They were Mr Kwabena Adjei, popularly known as Bambata; the founder of the party, Mr Hagan Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Willburn Dental Clinic in Kumasi, and Mrs Constance Pinamang, a businesswoman in Accra.
The acting General Secretary of the party, Mr Francis Kyei, told the Daily Graphic on Thursday that in all, 1,200 delegates, including five from all the constituencies, would participate in the balloting.
Mr Kyei said the three candidates were tried-and-tested personalities, each of whom was capable of leading the party to make a positive impact in the December elections.
He said the fact that a woman had filed to contest for the presidential slot was an indication that the party believed in the development of women.
Mr Kyei indicated that the Electoral Commission (EC) would supervise the election.
The RPD, which claimed to be a breakaway party from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has its headquarters in Kumasi.
It draws its membership mostly from the youth, and party officials said they had worked very hard over the year to win more people into the party.
The acting general secretary mentioned national executive positions to be contested for as chairman, first vice-chairman, second vice-chairman, general secretary, national organiser, national youth organiser, national women's organiser and deputy general secretary.

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