The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has confirmed that the election of its parliamentary candidates for constituencies with sitting Members of Parliament will come off on January 27, 2024.
In that respect, the party will open nominations for the party’s parliamentary primaries for constituencies with incumbent MPs on Wednesday, December 20.
This follows the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Council meetings in Accra.
In a statement signed by the NPP’s General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, the nominations will remain open until Monday, December 25.
In the meantime, the party has banned all forms of campaigning until nominations are officially opened. It stressed that prospective aspiring parliamentary candidates and their supporters are prohibited from engaging with polling station executives and from organizing all forms of activities or programs in the constituency.
The party therefore warned that it would impose stringent sanctions on any member found to have violated these guidelines.
The statement added that detailed guidelines for the parliamentary primaries will be published in due course. It also called on party members to fulfil their membership dues obligations under Article 3 of the party constitution, reiterated its commitment to free, fair, and transparent parliamentary primaries and counted on the support of all stakeholders.
Meanwhile, The People’s National Convention has fixed March 24, 2024, to elect a flag bearer to lead the party into the 2024 general election. It has, therefore, set February 15–20, 2024 for the opening of nominations.
In a communiqué signed and issued by Janet Asana Nabla, General Secretary of the Party, the party said that the decision was taken at the party’s Standing Committee and National Executive Committee meetings held in Accra over the weekend.
The meeting was under Articles 46 and 45(1a) of the Constitution of the Party.
Chaired by the Acting National Chairman, Mr. Bala Salu Maikankan, the meeting was attended by regional chairmen, regional secretaries, national officers, committees’ chairmen and the council of elders.
It aimed to address matters within the party in order to organize it for victory in the 2024 general election.
The Party, in its communiqué at the end of the meeting, also said regional executive elections would be conducted by the end of January 2024. Again, the Party indicated that nominations for national executive positions and that of the presidential candidate were scheduled from February 15 to 20, 2024, with the national executives’ election slated for Saturday, March 2, 2024.
The Party also denied claims that the Council of Elders of the Party had instructed some people to sue some individuals of the Party, saying “the Council of Elders has not instructed any individual or group of individuals to sue any person(s) or entity on behalf of the party.”
While assuring the public that actions taken were a way of reorganising the party to win power in 2024, it entreated all persons with any grievances to channel them to the appropriate structures of the party for resolution.