The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary primaries, scheduled for January 27, has witnessed the disqualification of eleven aspiring candidates. Notably, these candidates sought to contest in constituencies where the party currently has sitting Members of Parliament (MP).
The summary of the party’s vetting last week revealed the exclusion of these individuals, with the specific reasons for their disqualification remaining undisclosed by the party. JoyNews’ Samuel Mbura reported on the development, highlighting the lack of transparency regarding the disqualification reasons.
Evans Nimako, the Director of Elections for the NPP, addressed the media, asserting that the vetting process adhered to the party’s constitution. He emphasized the party’s commitment to conducting a fair and transparent vetting process. Nimako stated, “If you look at the party’s constitution, it has been done in a very free, fair and transparent manner. But, as I said, we are human, and that’s why the party has provided the opportunity for individuals who may feel aggrieved by some development to appeal through the National Parliaments Appeals Committee.”
Out of about 400 individuals who obtained forms to participate in the NPP Parliamentary race, 373 underwent the vetting process. The outcome revealed the disqualification of 11 candidates, qualification of 326, and referral of two cases to the National Executive Committee for further action.
Additionally, two aspirants voluntarily withdrew from the race, 29 individuals went unopposed, and one aspirant’s application was incomplete in filling out the forms. Two aspirants did not make any appearance before the vetting committee.