Delegates who display their ballot papers after choosing their favorite candidate at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) national congress on Saturday will have their votes nullified.
The NPP will be electing a presidential candidate to lead the party for the 2016 general elections on Saturday October 18.
Speaking to Citi News, Vice Chairman of the party’s election committee O.B. Amoah said the act contradicts the rules governing the elections of a presidential candidate for the party.
[contextly_sidebar id=”joXL19406jme3uHqYd7RMq0mqGqc8RaZ”]During the party’s Super Delegates Congress in August, confusion broke out at some polling stations where delegates were caught by the EC, after taking photos of their thumb-printed ballots to confirm their loyalty to a candidate.
O.B Amoah said: “We have put out the rules and guidelines for elections, we’ve sent these guidelines to all the regions and constituencies. And indeed the EC too has come out with Dos and Don’ts and they’ve made it very clear that nobody is allowed to show his ballot as how he voted and also to take a picture of how he voted. We’ve also sent out the guidelines and these should be enough. Indeed the EC is saying that if you go ahead to show how you voted, your vote will be nullified. ”
Three candidates will be contesting the party’s presidential candidate on Saturday.
The three are the 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, former minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyermaten and the party’s Member of Parliament for Asante Mampong, Francis Addai Nimo.
Nana Akufo-Addo won the Super Delegates Congress with about 80 percent of total valid votes cast in August.
By: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante/citifmonline.com/Ghana