Calm your supporters, tell them this is just an internal election – Asah-Asante tells NPP leadership

A Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Kwame Asah-Asante has asked the leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to calm aggrieved supporters of the party following the agitations that have characterized the internal elections.

He said there is the need for the leadership to tell the supporters that is just an internal election to elect executives of the party.

Speaking on the mid day news on TV3 Friday April 29, he said “First of all, the party leadership must be able to say to members whatever way it possible to do so, they have to do that so that they can calm the nerves of people and let them know that it is just internal election s and that the exercise is going to determine the future of the party and they are not prepared to risk that. They should get this message to them.

“Leadership must try to avoid doing things that the people do not accept because there have been a lot of allegations to the fact that some names have been expunged.”

There were agitations at the voting center in the Okaikwei South constituency during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) elections over allegations that about 400 names had been removed from the register.

However, the police managed to restore calm for the exercise to commence.

Four delegates were reported to have been arrested for obstructing the elections in Okaikwei South.

Similarly there were issues in the Subin constituency which nearly resulted in a faceoff between the the lawmaker Eugene Boakye Antwi  and an aspirant in the polls.

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The NPP started electing its constituency executives today Thursday April 28.

the Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Yaw Buaben Asamoa has assured that the leadership of the party will definitely address all the challenges that have characterized the internal elections so far.

He said the issues that were witnessed on day one of the exercise were expected given that the elections are being conducted on a large scale across the country at the same.

But, he said, lessons have been learnt.

“The way we are trying to engage across the country there will definitely be a few hitches here and there on the first day. So, I think we will overcome any initial difficulties.

“We have five days within which every constituency is supposed to have voted so today will be a very valuable lesson learning curve,” he said on the News 360 on TV3 Thursday April 28.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana