NPP Ends Balloting For 43 Candidates

, Martin Agyei Mensah KorsahBalloting for candidates contesting various positions in the upcoming national executive election of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was held yesterday without the position of the National Chairmanship slot.

Out of the  forty-three aspirants vying for positions in the party’s elections scheduled for April 12,  at Tamale, thirty- nine aspirants participated, to have their names balloted, as  the position of the chairman remains on hold.

Seven positions which included the General Secretary, National Youth Organiser, Women’s Organiser, Nassara, First Vice Chairman, National Co-ordinator and National Organiser were balloted.

Mr Martin Adjei Mensah-Korsah, the Director of Elections of the NPP told The Ghanaian Times, that Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Paul Afoko, Stephen Ntim and Fred Owari were denied due to investigation pending on the chairmanship position.

He noted that the Steering Committee of the party was yet to submit its report and until that was done they cannot be balloted.

He said candidates who have been balloted were now fully fledged to officially campaign for the contest.

When The Ghanaian Times arrived at the premises of the party’s headquarters at Asylum down, in Accra, hundreds of supporters and sympathisers, most of them in white attire have come to witness the balloting.

Most of the aspirants who were on a serious campaigning outside were represented at the close door balloting.

However, candidates of the incumbent General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John) and Sam Awuku who become first on their respective positions were singing victory songs since they were of the view that first symbolises victory.

Supporters of Kwabena Agyepong who candidates balloted for the fourth position on the ballot paper  were also optimistic that their candidate had won the election since the Bible says that the first shall be the last while the last climbs to be first. By Bernard Benghan    

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