The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has set November 4, 2023, as the date for its presidential primaries to select a flagbearer for the general elections in 2024.
However, if more than five candidates file to run in the primaries, the party will call a Special Congress on August 26.
The nomination period for the presidential primaries will begin on May 26 and end on June 24, 2023.
The party has also announced that parliamentary primaries will be held in February 2024.
Nominations will be accepted between December 20, 2023, and January 4, 2024.
This means that the party will choose its Presidential Candidate first before its parliamentary candidates.
In addition, the National Council has barred National, Regional, Constituency Party Executives and MMDCEs from contesting in constituencies where the party has sitting Members of Parliament.
“The party has also approved detailed rules and regulations to govern the conduct of both the presidential and parliamentary primaries which would be made available to the public in due course”, the NPP said in its statement signed by its General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong.
In line with this, the party in the Upper East Region is hoping to get winnable candidates. Lawyer Anthony Namoo, the Regional Chairman for the party, made this known when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East.
“We are working as a party to get people to come in. Already people have started expressing interest, and others are on the quiet. At the end of the day, it would be good for the party to get candidates that can give the NDC a run for their money.”
Lawyer Namoo explained that the NDC’s attempt to seek ‘Agenda 15/15’ is “justifiable because if you look at it, we lost 2 seats. If you look at it, we are the underdogs.”
The regional NPP chairman explained that the party is working to upset the fortunes of the NDC in the upcoming election, stressing that “we will pull some surprises.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana