The city of Des Moines, in the state of Iowa, is expected to host the 2012 9th annual National Convention of the Niao Development Association in the Americas (NDAA).
The Convention which runs from Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12, will be marked by a number of activities including registration of delegates, a Business Session and the reading of the history of the Niao people’s migration to Liberia.
Elder Harold G. Tarr, Sr. Liberia’s former Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary to La’Cote d’ lviore and Mali, has been selected to read/narrate the history about the migration and subsequent settlement of the Niao Community in what is today known as the Republic of Liberia.
The 9th Convention takes place at 1111 Army Post Road in Suite 2004A in Des Moines, Iowa, 50315. It will be climaxed by a national leadership election when bona fide Members of NDAA will exercise their constitutional rights by electing a new national leadership.
Prior to the elections, according to the calendar of events, presidential and vice president debates will be held to enable undecided electorates make up their minds, regarding who runs NDAA for the next three consecutive years.
The debates are said to be organized under the auspices of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), which is being chair by Mr. Eric Vowar Kohn, as Chairman of the Commission. Kohn is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA).
As Chairman of the Niao Independent Elections Commission, Kohn confirmed to the IEN that indeed there will be two debates involving the presidential and vice presidential candidates, but added that the moderator is yet to be determined.
Observers say fireworks is expected to highlight the debates as incumbent National Vice President, Reeves Vincent may be drawing contrast with his opponent as he struggles to succeed his boss, outgoing President David Karwo.
On the contrary, his challenger Todd Gbeor is said to be vowing to sweep the old leadership into the donjon of history, for a new slate of officers to steer the affairs or NDAA, over the next three years.
The tenure of President Karwo whose administration has been at the helm of the Association for the last six years covering a two three-year term, expires at the 9th National Convention this year.
There will also be a breakfast BBQ on the main day of the convention on Saturday, August 11, to be followed by a soccer match between the Niao and what was described as old school. A dinner ball is expected to take place during the evening of the same day.
For the dinner ball, non-members of (NDAA) are required to donate only (US$10.00) as admission fees, while Members are to pay one hundred twenty United States dollars (US$120.00).
He quickly clarified that the sixty dollars (US$60.00) payment represents a year’s Membership dues and that applies only to those Members who did not pay their Membership dues to their respective chapters over the last twelve months.
In an exclusive interview with the Independent Eye News (IEN), the outgoing National President Karwo explained that out of one hundred twenty dollars (US$120.00), sixty dollars goes towards the convention admission fees, while the balance sixty is for the annual Membership dues.
He concluded by emphasizing that a thorough verification process will be carried out, based on financial reports from all chapter leaders to ensure fraud does not occur and that Members who already paid their annual dues and are in good standing are not made to pay twice.
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