As part of measures to ensure a free and fair primaries, one hundred and seventy (170) purported fake delegates from 34 non-existent polling stations have been cleared from the Constituency photo album to be used for the New Juaben South Parliamentary Primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP).
This comes after a petition by incumbent MP, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, dated June 12, 2020, addressed to the General Secretary of the NPP John Boadu and copied to the National Chairman Freddie Blay, National Election Committee (NEC), all members of NEC and the Majority leader of the governing party that the photo register had been tampered with hence the need to protect its sanctity.
The MP who also doubles as the Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament said, the party has clearly stated that “The photo album/register which was used to elect the constituency executive in February, 2018 shall be the same album which shall be made available to the National Parliamentary Vetting Committee (NPVC) and the Electoral Commission of Ghana for the conduct of the parliamentary primaries”.
But the MP argued in the petition that, that provision was being violated with the creation of new album containing strange names.
In a media interaction on Thursday, spokesperson for the Campaign team of the Lawmaker, Kwabena Boateng said although the 170 names smuggled into the register have been expunged, ten (10) more names are being contested in the album which the attention of the election committee has been drawn to. He said the election may be marred by legal action if these names are not removed from the register.
Dr Assibey-Yeboah is battling it out with Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Michael Okyere Baafi in NPP’s upcoming primaries slated on Saturday, June 20, 2020.