The Presidential Election Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has guaranteed fairness and a level playing field for the upcoming party primaries slated for November 4, 2023.
Mr Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah, Vice Chairman of the Election Committee, addressed the media and called on all aspirants and their supporters to conduct themselves with decorum, refrain from insults, and abstain from making unverified allegations.
A total of 203,439 delegates are set to cast their votes in 331 polling centres across the 275 constituencies nationwide. Delegates must bring their party card and passport for identity verification.
The Election Committee will grant accreditation to two polling station agents for each of the four presidential aspirants in all 275 constituencies, and regional campaign coordinators of the candidates will also receive accreditation to monitor the elections. The presidential aspirants themselves will be accredited.
A portal has been established for media organizations seeking to cover the event, granting them necessary accreditation.
The four aspirants vying for the party's flagbearer position are Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central, Dr Owusu Akoto Afriyie, a former Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Mr Francis Addai-Nimoh, a former MP of Mampong, Ashanti Region. The candidate who secures more than 50 percent of the votes will become the flagbearer for the December 2024 general election.
The NPP primaries are anticipated to be highly contested, with the Electoral Commission expected to announce the winner by 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2023. The National Democratic Congress has already chosen former President John Mahama as its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.