The National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has asked all regional and constituency,
executives who wish to contest the parliamentary primaries with sitting MPs to resign from their positions.
The party has also directed all MMDCEs to resign if they wish to contest in the parliamentary primaries.
The decision was reached at its meeting held on Thursday, July 20, 2023 to consider the guidelines for the conduct of the Party’s presidential, and parliamentary primaries in constituencies where the Party has sitting Members of Parliament.
A statement issued by the general secretary lawyer Frimpong Kodua said: “Regional and Constituency Party executives who wish to contest in the primaries in Constituencies with sitting Members of Parliament shall resign from their respective positions not later than September 20, 2023. All such executives shall tender in their resignation letters to their respective Regional Party Secretariats not later than September 20, 2023.”
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Constituencies where the Party has sitting Members of Parliament are not eligible to contest in the parliamentary primaries for those Constituencies,” it said.
The Council at the meeting also approved the recommendations of the Vetting Committee clearing all the ten Aspiring Presidential Candidates to contest in the primaries.
According to the Council, the Special Electoral College scheduled for August 26, 2023, shall be held at each of the 16 Regional Capitals.
“Each delegate shall be entitled to one vote, and shall cast his/her vote by secret ballot for only one Candidate.
All Aspiring Presidential Candidates shall be given the validated Album for the Special Electoral College at least one month to the date of the Congress (i.e. not later than July 26, 2023),” the statement said.
It said the Electoral Commission of Ghana shall conduct the Special Electoral College elections.
Meanwhile, an Elections Committee has been constituted to supervise the conduct of the Special Electoral College and the National Congress respectively.
The Committee members are Rt. Rev. Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye -Chairman, Mr. Abankwa Yeboah -Vice Chairman, Hon. Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin -Member, Prof. Emmanuel Flolu -Member, Mad. Rita Talata Asobayire -Member, Mr. William Yamoah -Member/ Secretary, Evans Nimako -Member, Philip Kwasi Nkrumah (Esq) -Member and Mad. Afua Gyekyewaa -Member
The approved candidates are:
a) Hon. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen
b) Mr. Kwadwo Poku
c) His Excellency Alhaji Dr.
d) Hon. Boakye Kyerematen Agyarko
e) Mr. Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong
f) Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
g) Hon. Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku
h) Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
i) Hon. Joe Ghartey (Esq)
j) Hon. Ing. Francis Addai-Nimoh