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Organise Fresh Elections within One Month – COPAM to NALAG

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The Coalition of Progressive Assembly Members (COPAM) has given the National Executive Council of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) a one month ultimatum to conduct fresh elections or face their wrath.

According to a media release signed by Dr. Richard Fiadormor, COPAM is scandalised about NALAG’s blatant abuse of office, even after its term had long expired.

It warned that if NALAG, which is currently headed by Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive and Kokro Amankwa as President and General Secretary respectively, fail to organize a National Delegates Conference within one month, COPAM would have no alternative than to go drag the two to court.

“We are particularly appalled by the incompetent handling of the Association by the General Secretary who has sat down and virtually contributed to the blatant side stepping of the NALAG Constitution. The General Secretary, instead of upholding the constitution and concentrating on his core mandate, is rather seen occasionally following the President to campaign from region to region, whereas no date has been officially set for the NALAG elections as at today.

“COPAM finds the behaviour of the General Secretary as very unacceptable as he is giving the current President in particular, an unfair advantage over other equally competent members of the Association who can occupy the position of NALAG President.

The strongly-worded release noted that the tenure of the ‘current’ executives ended on March 9, 2018, and wondered why the Association’s constitution was being breached with such impunity.

“The NALAG President and the General Secretary are virtually running the Association as if it were their sole proprietorship business which is not governed by any Constitution, a situation COPAM finds very worrying and dangerous because it has the potential of running down the Association.

“We further wish to sound a note of caution to the General Secretary, who for all intent and purposes has exhibited gross incompetence by allowing the NALAG Constitution to be blatantly side-stepped for more than six months without any attempt to organise the Biennial Delegates Conference to elect new executives, to put his acts together and focus on the job he has been employed to do for NALAG,” the statement concluded.

By: Daniel Akpaloo Nyorngmor

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