PNC to hold congress November 25

The People’s National Convention (PNC), another Nkrumahist political party, has fixed November 25-27, 2011 as the date for its joint congress to elect national officers and a flag bearer for the 2012 elections.

The congress, scheduled to be held in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, is expected to review the party’s constitution to strengthen it to deal with the exigencies of current political trends.

Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra, the General Secretary of the PNC, Mr Bernard Mornah, said the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party would meet on September 17, 2011 to fix the date for the opening of nominations for both aspiring national officers and flag bearers to pick their forms and submit them before vetting.

Currently, he said, constituency elections were going on feverishly, to be followed by the election of regional officers and the national delegates’ congress.

Focusing on some of the likely proposals which would be considered by the congress, Mr Mornah said there were proposals for the amendment of aspects of the party’s constitution, including whether or not the presidential candidate of the party should continue to be its leader at every point in time.

Other proposals were whether or not to make the youth wing autonomous and also change the general secretary’s position as the electoral returning officer of the party at every congress, he said.

Mr Mornah said the party would set up a constitutional review committee that would receive all proposed amendments to the party’s constitution for onward submission to the national executive committee and the congress.

At the end of the delegates’ congress, the PNC is expected to emerge as a formidable force to contend with in the 2012 general election.

The PNC has contested all national elections since the inception of the Fourth Republic, apart from the 1992 parliamentary election which was boycotted by parties apart from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the National Convention Party (NCP).