Top leaders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, convened a significant meeting with flagbearer aspirants as the party gears up for its internal elections. The meeting, held in preparation for the NPP’s flagbearer elections scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023, brought together key party figures and flagbearer hopefuls.
Among those in attendance were National Chairman of the NPP, Stephen Ntim, General Secretary Justin Kodua Frimpong, and Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, chairman of the Council of Elders, alongside other distinguished party members.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, although unable to attend in person, joined the meeting virtually, highlighting the importance of the occasion. Notable figures present in person included Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong, former Member of Parliament for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh, and former Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
Addressing the gathering, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang emphasized the need for unity within the NPP, urging the party not to allow the pain of a previous electoral loss to fracture their unity. He stressed that maintaining party cohesion is vital for relevance in a continually evolving political landscape.
The Presidential Elections Committee has released guidelines for the upcoming primaries, which will be conducted in all 275 constituencies across the country, including at the Party Headquarters in Asylum Down, Accra. The Electoral Commission (EC) will oversee the elections, ensuring transparency, fairness, and freedom in the voting process.
Key guidelines established by the committee include the restriction of security perimeters to authorized individuals, such as delegates, Presidential Elections Committee Members, contestants, and their accredited agents. A no-campaigning rule will be in effect the day before the elections. Voters are expected to enter the polling stations independently, with assistance provided for the physically challenged.
Delegates are instructed to vote individually, not in groups or pairs, and voting will take place in open areas for public scrutiny. Voters are prohibited from displaying any contestant’s colors or effigies at the voting centers, and once a delegate casts their vote, re-entry into the voting perimeter is not allowed. The authorities have made it clear that any attempt to influence a delegate’s vote will result in removal by the police.
As the NPP’s flagbearer elections draw near, these guidelines and the party’s leadership meeting set the stage for an important internal event that will shape the party’s future and its prospects in the upcoming general elections. The nation will be watching closely as the NPP prepares to select its next flagbearer.