43 to contest NPP primaries in V/R

A total of 43 New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirants, including five women have been vetted to contest the party’s primaries in ‘orphaned constituencies’ in the Volta Region. 

The Vetting Committee declared four aspirants unopposed. They are John-Peter Amewu, the Minister of Energy, for Hohoe, Simon Kofi Owusu, for Akatsi North, Raybon Anyadi for Adaklu and Prosper Pi-Bansah for Ho Central constituencies.

 Frederick Fredua Anto, Second Vice National Chairman of the party, who disclosed this in Ho, explained that by Article 12 of the NPP’s constitution, aspirants for such positions must be active members for at least two years and in good standing, owing no allegiance to another country and must have honoured their tax obligations religiously.

“The vetting committee has no capacity to disqualify any aspirant at this level and the aspirants have up to August 17, 2019 to be declared legitimate to contest from the National Vetting Committee with an appeal corridor available to contest adverse findings with majority of the aspirants municipal and district chief executives, who have become the face and liaison for the party in the Volta Region.

“Constituencies with Members of Parliament will have their turn soon with a requirement that Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) interested to contest such seats will principally resign their positions to be legitimate to contest while the party is targeting four parliamentary seats in the 18 constituencies with 40 per cent of votes in the region and I am optimistic the government’s flagship interventions will tilt political fortune towards the party,” Mr Anto assured.

In a related development, the Vetting Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region also cleared 60 aspirants to contest the party’s primaries in the region, slated for August 24.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) and other smaller parties are yet to make themselves visible in preparation for the 2020 general election. –GNA

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