NPP tightens rules for Nov 4 Presidential Primary


The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced tough regulations for the upcoming Presidential Primary on Saturday, November 4.

The ruling party said no gaps will be left for any breach of the regulations as it seeks to ensure strict adherence.

Chairman of the Presidential Elections Committee Reverend Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye made this known on Wednesday, September 13 when he addressed the press after a meeting with the four aspirants and representatives.

The press conference also followed balloting for the crucial elections.

“We have resolved a number of issues and requests made by the aspirants themselves,” the former Speaker of Parliament said.

He later added: “We have generally agreed that there will be nothing like camping of persons so that people will come freely and vote freely on this occasion.

“The EC officials were present even at the earlier meeting so that we will be able to iron out these formalities very clearly and we don’t say one thing here and on the grounds they say something else is happening.

“And we are going to meet the police together with the EC official so that everybody sings from the same hymn book on that day.”

He added that no party official will have any influence as voters will be made to visit constituencies and cast their ballots freely.

Prof Oquaye said matters of proxy will be resolved one clear month ahead of the exercise and those found to have breached the rules may land in jail.

“In fact, we are streamlining and tightening the rules in such a way that at the end of the day the NPP will win, not any particular person because we will all rally behind that person and win power and break the eight.”

Four aspirants have accepted the challenge to contest the primary.

They are – in order on the ballot – Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Agric Minister and Kwadaso MP Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto and former Mampong MP Francis Addai-Nimoh.


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