The decision follows an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, where the National Council agreed to grant an exemption to the party's rules.
The NPP's constitution mandates the selection of the vice-presidential candidate at least 12 months before general elections, given certain conditions.
However, the National Council, possessing the authority to make exemptions, accepted Dr. Bawumia's plea for additional time to finalize his running mate selection.
Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary of the NPP, explained the rationale behind the decision during a media briefing.
He stated, “The National Council agreed to the Vice President's request because his election as the party's flagbearer took place on November 4, 2023, and he would need time to consult before presenting his choice for a running mate to the body.”
Frimpong further highlighted that the party's constitution allows for exceptions under special circumstances, acknowledging the unique situation presented by the timing of Dr. Bawumia's election.
In addition, Mr. Kodua Frimpong revealed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) resolved to postpone the date of primaries for sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) from January 20 to January 27, 2024.
This adjustment aims to accommodate the MPs' focus on parliamentary duties related to the government's budget, as presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Furthermore, the NEC emphasized the importance of party officers and delegates remaining in good standing, including the need to ensure that their dues are up-to-date. The party continues to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary primaries with a commitment to maintaining a fair and transparent electoral process.