The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will today, Saturday, August 26, 2023, elect five presidential aspirants out of ten to contest the party’s primaries in November 2023.
All the 10 aspirants are:
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Former Agriculture Minister
Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central
Joe Ghartey, former Railways Minister
Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former party General Secretary
Kwadwo Poku, an energy expert
Boakye Agyarko, former Energy Minister
Kofi Konadu Apraku, former Trade Minister
Francis Addai Nimoh, former Member of Parliament for Mampong.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President
The five aspirants who secure the highest number of votes will go on to contest the party’s primaries in November, where they will compete to become the NPP’s flagbearer for the 2024 general election.
Ahead of the super delegates congress, the NPP leadership warned all delegates that publicly displaying cast ballots constitutes a criminal offense.
The party served notice that those who violate this provision shall be subjected to legal repercussions in accordance with the law.
“Delegates are hereby informed that any cast ballots publicly displayed will be rejected,” a statement issued by the Presidential Election Committee on Thursday, August 24 said.
It added “We wish to further emphasize that there will be no congress on the day of voting, and voting will be strictly walk-in.
“Considering this, it is anticipated that there will be no provision for a public address or occasion for any National Party Executive, government representative, or regional executive to publicly address delegates on the day of the voting.
“We wish to reassure all relevant parties, including stakeholders, delegates, aspirants, and the public that with these guidelines in place, no individual can decipher the voting preferences and patterns of specific voters after the voting process concludes. This measure guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of the voting exercise.”
The forthcoming election serves as a litmus test for the NPP, as the outcome will shape the party’s prospects in the 2024 general election.
The party will need to choose a candidate who can unite the party and appeal to a broad range of voters.