NPP Ballots, Approves Presidential Aspirants

nanaThe New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set for a special congress slated August 31, 2014 to cut down the number of aspirants vying for the flag bearer position, after balloting of candidates was held at the party’s headquarters in Accra yesterday.

On the ballot paper, the 2012 Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo placed sixth whilst his closest contestant, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng was fifth.

The rest, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku former Minister of Trade and Industries placed first, Stephen Asamoah- Boateng former Minister of Information second, Francis Addai Nimoh, MP for Mampong, third, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman fourth and Joe Ghartey MP for Esikado-Ketan seventh.

Per the party’s constitutions when more than five persons file to contest the presidential candidates slot, a special electoral college ought to be organised, by secret balloting to cut the number down to five.

It will be recalled that the nine-member vetting committee of the NPP started sitting on July 23, 2014 to scrutinize the nomination forms of the seven aspirants contesting the flag-bearership

The committee, chaired by Madam Ama Busia, a former member of the Council of State used Thursday July, 24 and Friday July 25, to vet the seven aspirants.

However, the committee after submitting the report to the party’s, General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong recommended all seven presidential aspirants duly qualified to contest the flagbearership.

According to Mr Kwabena Agyepong who announced the outcome of the balloting to the media, all seven candidates were now qualified for a special congress.

He explained that persons eligible to cast their votes at the special electoral college would include national and regional executive committee Members, national council of elders, Members of Parliament, few representatives of special organs of the party, past national officers, external branches, and founding members.

Mr Agyepong said the leadership of the party was in link with the Electoral Commission (EC) planning the ballot paper for the special congress and advised aspirants and their spokespersons to strictly abide by the rules governing the presidential primary.

By Bernard Benghan




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