Aspiring parliamentary candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been made to sign an undertaking to respect the result of Saturday’s primaries, the party’s general secretary has said.
NPP goes to the polls on Saturday, June 13 to elect its 2016 parliamentary candidates for 245 constituencies.
The rest have been exempted as a result of “a variety of outstanding issues”.
Speaking to TV3’s Jonathan Adams on Friday, June 12, General Secretary Kwabena Agyei Agyepong noted that candidates who contest Saturday’s results by going independent immediately forfeit their membership.
“Every candidate [or] aspirant has been made to sign an undertaking as part of the nomination procedure that you will respect the will of the people locally.”
Fourteen Members of Parliament are running unopposed with five abdicating their seats. The rest including the party’s leader in Parliament are being contested.
Mr Agyepong said all is set for the primaries with the registers already at the district offices of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, who will supervise the process.
“It is literally the same registers we used for the presidential primary in October last year,” Mr Agyepong said, adding, however, that five members each of the councils of elders and patrons have been added.