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NPP Opens Nominations For Parliamentary Primaries

In seats where the party currently has members of parliament, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will accept nominations for prospective members of parliament starting today.

Although the nomination period is scheduled to end on December 25, 2023, the party has scheduled the last round of its internal election to choose its parliamentary candidates on January 27, 2024.

Alois Mohl, Roni Nicol, Hayford Siaw, Michael Oquaye Jr., and Bice Osei Kuffuor, also known as Obour, are among the candidates who are already prepared to run for office and represent the party in the districts of Dome-Kwabenya, Ablekuma West, Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Nandom, and Asante Akyem South, respectively.

The other candidates are Raphael Agyapong for Bantama, Commissioner of Police (retd) Alex Mensah for Bekwai, and Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, who plans to challenge the current Kennedy Nyarko Osei.

The Fomena constituency, where the incumbent, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, won the seat as an independent candidate after leaving the NPP, will also be of interest.

Nonetheless, he serves as the NPP’s negotiating chip and is the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

How many current Members of Parliament will run for reelection is unknown.

History shows that several sitting Members of Parliament have said they will not run for reelection.

NPP Opens Nominations For Parliamentary Primaries

Forms

Ahead of the opening of the nominations, a December 11, 2023 statement signed and issued by the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Frimpong Kodua, said no aspirant should be denied access to nomination forms.

“An aspiring parliamentary candidate denied access to the nomination forms at the constituency shall purchase same at the regional secretariat, and if denied, same may be downloaded from the party’s website (www.newpatrioticparty. org).

It said forms printed from the party’s website should be submitted to the general secretary at the national secretariat of the party in Accra and aspirants who downloaded nomination forms from the party’s website should, upon submission, show proof that they were denied an opportunity to purchase the forms at both the constituency and regional levels.

Filing fees

The statement said the nomination forms would be sold at GH¢3,000 while aspirants shall pay a non-refundable filing fee of GH¢35,000.

“Women, Persons with Disability and the youth shall be granted a 50 per cent rebate on the filing fee.

For emphasis, a youth is an individual between 18-40 years,” it said.

In addition, aspirants are to pay a non-refundable Development Fee of GH¢40,000 while all payments shall be made in Banker’s Draft to the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra.

Appeals

Additionally, it said there shall be a National Parliamentary Appeals Committee to decide on appeals from disqualified parliamentary aspirants from Wednesday, January 10, 2024, to Friday, January 12, 2024 (if any), with the deadline for the submission of appeals to the National Parliamentary Appeals Committee being Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

It stated further that detailed rules and regulations for the parliamentary primaries would be attached to the nomination forms which would be made available to aspiring parliamentary candidates upon purchasing of forms.

The statement reiterated the party’s commitment to free, fair and transparent parliamentary primaries and called for the support of all stakeholders.

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