Today, more than 200,000 New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates from all 275 of the nation’s districts will cast ballots to choose a presidential candidate who would lead the party in the general elections of 2024.
Following an August 26 Super Delegates Conference, the party’s ten proclaimed members—which included the current Member of Parliament, the Vice President, former ministers, and MPs—were whittled down to five.
As the winner of the Super Delegates Conference, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia received 629 votes, or 68.15 percent of the total votes cast. Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, placed second, while Alan Kyerematen, the former Trade and Industry Minister, placed third.
Alan Kyerematen left the NPP to form the Movement for Change and run as an independent in the general elections of 2024 after expressing dissatisfaction with the Super Delegates Conference results and worries about unfair treatment by the party’s leadership.
In order to select the fifth candidate, Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai-Nimoh had to tie, but the former withdrew from the planned September 2 run-off.
It is anticipated that 203,439 delegates would cast ballots overall, with 436 of them doing so at the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down, Accra.
34,987 delegates from the Ashanti Region and 4,204 delegates from the Ahafo Region will cast ballots. In the Greater Accra Region, 39,134 delegates will cast ballots. Volta 11,995 is its delegate number.
Additionally, polling places have been set up in each of the nation’s 275 constituencies.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President, Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriyie, the former Agriculture Minister, and Francis Addai-Nimoh, the former MP for Mampong, are the contestants today.
To avoid resignations resulting from the poll, all four candidates signed a pledge on Thursday, October 2, promising not to leave the party in the event that any of them lost the primary.