The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has postponed the scheduled balloting for its flagbearer candidates, which was set for, Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
Uncertain factors may have prevented the party from conducting the voting, but the elections committee informed the media that the candidates still had certain issues they wanted to be resolved after meeting with them.
The elections committee also made a hint that the Electoral Commission, candidates, and modality for the elections on November 4 will soon be outside.
Alexander Afenyo-Markin, a member of parliament for Effutu and the elections committee’s spokesperson, told the media that a date for the balloting will be decided when the procedures have been worked out.
“The EC, aspirants and their representatives, we received some proposals, we deliberated same, and we have agreed to incorporate these as part of the guidelines for November 4. We have also agreed that soon thereafter, we shall proceed with the balloting.”Alexander Afenyo-Markin
The Hon. Afenyo Markin also said that all issues raised are being addressed and that after appropriate consultation with party stakeholders, the committee will release its full report and make it public.
NPP Election Committee Receives Alan’s Withdrawal Letter
According to Alexander Afenyo-Markin, Alan Kyerematen’s letter withdrawing from the meeting without prejudice has been received by the elections committee.
He counselled party members to act honourably as they get ready to take on the National Democratic Congress in 2024.
“We need to put our house to face the NDC come 2024. We would urge party members to help their part by way of conduct. There’s no need to use social media to cast aspersions, attack, insinuate and all.”Alexander Afenyo-Markin
Mr Alan Kyerematen, who finished third in the Special Delegates’ Conference and was anticipated to be one of the five candidates competing in the November 4 presidential primary elections, announced his withdrawal from the NPP’s flagbearer race on September 5, 2023, citing several reasons.
He cited several factors in support of his decision, including intimidation, violence directed at a member of his campaign crew, and allegations that the party rigged the super delegate election to favour one candidate over the others.
Mr. Kyerematen asserted that his conclusions are supported by remarks made by several significant party members both before and after the elections.
His withdrawal comes days after Mr Agyarko pulled out from a re-run that was supposed to be held between himself and Mr Francis Addai-Nimo given the fact that both candidates secured 9 votes after the Special Delegates’ Conference, citing breaches of the modalities and the guidelines for the Special Electoral College.
Meanwhile, Professor Kobby Mensah, lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School has cautioned the New Patriotic Party to address the issues brought up by Alan Kyerematen and other flagbearer candidates both before and after the super delegates conference.
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