Hundreds of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have besieged the party’s headquarters in Accra asking the National Executive Committee (NEC) to rescind its decision to allow women contest women in constituencies with women sitting Members of Parliament.
[contextly_sidebar id=”H0pKQqo6ZMaXmzonh5NRjMm999NcSVqo”]The NPP’s National Executive Committee on Monday issued a directive to bar men from contesting incumbent female MPs in the party’s parliamentary primaries which has been scheduled for May 24.
The decision has met stiff opposition from party members.
Citi News‘ Sammy Wiafe reported from the NPP’s headquarters that about three buses loaded party supporters to the place adding that “I’m told more are on their way.”
He explained that the supporters were there to protest the decision which bars men from contesting female incumbent MPs.
“They have presented a petition to the party leadership to rescind such decision…they believe this particular rule is discriminatory and there is nothing like that in their constitution,” he added.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the NPP have asked the party supporters to calm down while they forward the petition to the appropriate quarters for redress.
NPP members storm West Akyim party office over new directive
In a related development, members some members of the NPP on Tuesday stormed the Lower West Akyim party office over the same decision.
They believe the decision to prevent men from contesting incumbent female MPs is not in the best interest of the party while threatening to excuse themselves from the party if the “decision is allowed to stay.”
By: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/citifmonline.com/Ghana