Selection of parliamentary candidates won’t be fraught with challenges – Obiri Boahen

The Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, has assured that the leadership of the party will not be engaged in biased selection of parliamentary candidates in the lead up to its parliamentary primaries in September.

He explained that the process would not be fraught with challenges as experienced by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Asawase where supporters of Mubarick Masawudu, one of the aspirants in the parliamentary primary staged a protest at the NDC regional office in Kumasi last week.

On the opening of nomination processes for parliamentary aspirants, Nana Obiri Boahen cautioned party executives against hampering the election process saying “I impress upon them that the process is geared towards the election and not selection and the impression should not be created that they are solidly behind one candidate.”

“When I heard what was going on at Asawase and Kumasi, it was a clear indication that we will not go to that extent at all, that is a clear manifestation of selection and not election. I made them understand that under no circumstance should the New Patriotic Party exhibit the kind of conduct exhibited by the NDC in Asawase and Asunafo South.

“The party has settled on September 28, 2019, to either select or elect parliamentary candidates for the 2020 general election in constituencies where the party does not have a sitting Member of Parliament (MP), however, primaries for constituencies where the party has sitting MPs have been deferred to a later date.

“This decision was arrived at by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), pursuant to Article 12 of the NPP’s constitution, at a meeting held on Monday. The National Council, which also met after the NEC conference, decided to hold the presidential primaries early next year, in line with Article 13 of the party’s constitution,” Nana Obiri Boahen indicated.

The meetings were attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay, and members of the NEC and National Council.

Members tasked the National Steering Committee to come out with guidelines and modalities for the conduct of both the parliamentary and presidential primaries towards the 2020 general election. -citinewsroom.com


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