Boakye Kyerematen Agyarko, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer candidate, has declared his decision to withdraw from the party’s special run-off election slated for September 2, 2023.
According to Mr Agyarko, the party’s Presidential Elections Committee’s decision to limit the number of people who can vote in the run-off vote between himself and Francis Addai Nimoh violates the party’s constitution and election procedures.
“It is totally unacceptable to me that such an unconstitutional act can be perpetuated on the altar of expediency. Am I to surmise that the party did not know the cost implication?
“It is unconscionable that the rules of the game will be changed midstream. Rules and regulations that are flip-flopped in such a manner is only detrimental to fair play and justice.
“It is a clear violation of the party’s constitution and the guidelines for the Special Electoral college. It is an unconstitutional act which I cannot allow myself to be associated with.
“I refuse to be a part of such an act that seeks to unjustly truncate a previously agreed upon process, and cannot be part of what is about to be done on Saturday, 2nd September, 2023. I cannot, with a clear conscience make such an impermissible concession to such an errant decision.
“I THEREFORE, RESPECTFULLY, SERVE THIS NOTICE TO REFRAIN FROM SUCH A CONTEST,” he stated in a statement dated August 31, 2023.
The NPP held a special delegates election on Saturday, August 26, 2023, as part of the steps leading up to the selection of a presidential candidate for the 2024 election. Over 900 people voted to cut the number of contenders from ten to five.
Boakye Agyarko and Addai-Nimoh were tied for fifth place with 9 votes apiece at the end of the election.
To break the tie for the final flagbearer election on November 4, 2023, the party’s Election Committee declared on August 30, 2023, that only a subset of the 955 delegates who voted last Saturday would be permitted to vote on September 2.
In reaction, Mr Agyarko stated that the move is an attempt to compromise the party’s constitution and election procedures for expediency.
“The position of the run-off scheduled for Saturday, 2nd September, 2023 was reaffirmed by the Chairman of the Elections Committee during your address to the party after the first round of the Special College elections, where you stated that candidates who voted in the first round will be the ones to vote in the second round.
“The constitutional Special Electoral College with the mandate to short-list the list of aspirants is and can be none other than the full compliment listed under Article 13, Clause (9). It is not within the province or power of anybody to truncate this list and substitute it with anything else,” he stated.