NPP Clears 326 Aspirants for Ghana’s Parliamentary Primaries Amidst Intense Competition

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) of Ghana has announced the clearance of 326 parliamentary aspirants for the upcoming January 27, 2024 primaries. This event is a significant step in the democratic process, marking the party’s preparation for the election of its parliamentary candidates in constituencies currently held by NPP Members of Parliament (MPs).

From a total of 373 aspirants who filed to contest in the primaries, the party’s vetting process has led to various outcomes. While 29 aspirants will go unopposed, including prominent figures such as Lydia Seyram Alhassan, MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, and First Deputy Majority Chief Whip, and Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, the process has not been without its challenges. Eleven aspirants were disqualified, two were referred to the National Executive Committee (NEC), and two stepped down. Additionally, one aspirant failed to complete the necessary forms, and two did not appear for vetting.

The primaries promise to be a battleground for political influence within the NPP, with key ministerial figures like Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, and Dr Bryan Yaw Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture, among the unopposed. This indicates a consolidation of influence within certain factions of the party.

Observers note that the unopposed status of several MPs reflects both their individual political strength and the strategic interests of the party. However, the disqualifications and referrals to the NEC suggest ongoing debates within the NPP about the direction and leadership of the party.

As the primaries approach, the NPP appears poised to enter the election season with a mix of established and emerging leaders. The outcome of these primaries will not only determine the party’s candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections but will also set the tone for its internal dynamics in the years to come.

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