The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has formally announced that the date for their Parliamentary primaries will not be changed despite mounting pressure from some members of the party.
According to them, the Parliamentary primaries will come off on 13th June 2015 as scheduled.
[contextly_sidebar id=”qyL7tN8yfIT9lhRNGumcdilBZGAnqsOr”]Some groups and party supporters have pleaded for the date to be postponed following some setbacks during the vetting processes and the current crisis which is threatening to break the party.
The disqualification of some aspirants caused some confusion in the party.
A statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong however said “All are to note that no decision has been made to postpone the Primaries.”
According to the statement, preparations for the elections are far advanced except in the following Constituencies where requests for postponement have been granted, upon application by the Regional Executives:
Bia East, Bia West, Juaboso, Akontombra – Western
Nadowli-Kaleo – Upper East
Nkwanta South – Volta
The party further stated that Parliamentary primaries in the Klottey Korle, Obom-Domeabra and Akrofuom constituencies have also been put on hold, pending the determination of cases referred to the National Appeals Committee.
“The Electoral Commission is currently printing the Notices of Poll and the Ballot Papers for the Primaries.”
“Constituency Election Committees are to liaise with the District Directors of the Electoral Commission for the selection of appropriate Venues for the Primaries, ” the statement added.
The NPP’s National Organizer John Boadu had earlier wrote to the EC, notifying it of the party’s impending Parliamentary primaries.
But National Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko told the Electoral Commission (EC), to disregard any correspondence from the party which does not bear his signature or that of the General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong.
Paul Afoko in a statement stressed that “the only authorized signatories to any official communication to the commission” are himself, “the National Chairman and the General Secretary.”
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana