The Bono Regional Vetting Committee has referred two parliamentary aspirants, Mr Ernest H. Ayesu Snr. and Mrs Evelyn Akantoa, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Sunyani West to the Party's Functional Executive Committee (FEC).
This comes after a petition was filed challenging their eligibility to contest the primaries scheduled for May 13, 2023. The FEC will determine if the two aspirants will be cleared to contest the primaries or not.
Ms Millicent Yeboah Amankwah, the other aspirant, was cleared by the Vetting Committee while awaiting the FEC's decision about the fate of Mr Ayesu and Mrs Akantoa. The three aspirants met the Vetting Committee on April 3, 2023, one after the other, because of the petition raised against the two.
The constituency's vetting was rescheduled to the next day, hoping to address the issues in the petition amicably to allow for balloting for positions on the ballot sheet. However, the Committee could still not address the matter and consequently referred it to the FEC.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the end of the vetting process on condition of anonymity on April 4, 2023, in Sunyani, some members of the constituency executives argued that the position of the Vetting Committee was fair because “the NDC is a democratic political party.”