NPP approves roadmap for parliamentary primaries

Mr Kwabena Adjapong,General Secretary,NPP (1)






















The National Executive Committee (NEC), of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Monday approved a roadmap for the organisation of the party’s parliamentary primaries scheduled for May 24.

It agreed that the nominations for the contest would be opened on March 30 and closed on April 10.

Vetting would take place between April 13 and April 17 and the results of the selection would be released on 20th and 30th April.

A statement signed by Mr Kwabena Agyepong, General Secretary of NPP said all aspirants would pay GH¢10, 000 each as filing fees in the various constituencies, and young aspirants and female aspirants will pay GH¢5, 000.

The party would listen to appeals at the regional level, if any between April 20 and 24, appeals at national level, if any between April 24 and April 30, to be followed by notice of poll on April 24.

The party approved that each parliamentary aspirant in orphan constituencies would pay GH¢10.000.00 as filing fee.

Each sitting Member of Parliament (MP) seeking re-election would pay filing fee of GH¢10.000.00, each parliamentary aspirant in constituencies with sitting NPP MP would pay filing fee of GH¢10.000.00 and development fee of GH¢20.000.00.

Meanwhile, the NEC has resolved to give a 50 per cent rebate on both filing and development fees to women and persons with disability.

The committee on Monday also tasked the General-Secretary to consult the regional party executives to vary election dates when the need arises.

The NEC meeting adopted a proposal for only female aspirants to contest the seats of the existing 16 female NPP MPs.

It agreed that the following coastal constituencies in the Greater Accra Region should be contested by Ga indigenes except in exceptional circumstances: Ngleshie Amanfrom, Ablekuma South Odododiodio, Korle Klottey, La Dade Kotopon, Ledzokuku, Krowor Tema East, Tema West, Kpone Katamanso, Amasaman, Obom and Domeabra,the statement said.

The NEC confirmed the appointment of Mr. Eddie Tettey as the substantive Director of Finance and Administration.

Reacting to the NEC’s initiatives, former MP for Asokwa Constituency, in the Ashanti Region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, said he supported for the party’s policy that would allow only female aspirants to contest female incumbent MPs, saying he was ready to ‘sacrifice’ his political ambitions in the interest of his party.

He said he would not contest incumbent Asokwa MP, Patricia Appiagyei, in support of NPP’s initiative to ensure that more women are elected into Parliament.

But in an apparent turnabout, NPP Communications Director, Nana Akomea says the party would only encourage male aspirants not to contest 16 seats held by female NPP MPs, saying the policy would rely on a “moral force” not a binding fiat.

“The important point is that, nobody will be barred from contesting a sitting female MP…..Nobody will be barred on the basis of gender,” he stressed on Joy News on Tuesday.

However, hundreds of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) besieged the party’s headquarters in Accra, asking the NEC to rescind its decision to bar men from contesting incumbent female MPs of the party in the parliamentary primaries.

Citi News on Tuesday reported that supporters have presented a petition to the party leadership to rescind the decision, which they believe is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

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