Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, a flagbearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has appealed for peaceful and incident-free presidential primaries on Saturday as the NPP gears up to climax its selection process for a presidential candidate to contest the general elections in December 2024.
The spokesperson for Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, Mr. Charles Amoh Darteh, echoed the Assin Central MP’s expectations when he appeared on NET2 TV’s National Agenda Show on Wednesday.
Mr. Amoh Darteh said Ken Agyapong detested intimidation and violence and has urged all his officials, agents, and representatives to promote peace and avoid violence in discharging their duties.
Mr. Amoh Darteh underscored the significance of the Ken factor in the democratic governance of the country, saying his contributions to the economic development of needy communities have not gone unnoticed, explaining that many political neutrals are now seriously discussing the potential of the Assin Central MP to make Ghana great again.
Speaking on the same program, another panelist, Kwabena Sarpong, praised the qualities of Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, stressing that this is a politician Ghanaians can trust.
Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, a financial cornerstone of the NPP, has been a Member of Parliament for 23 years after clinching the then-Assin North Constituency seat in 2000.
His campaign has been anchored on job creation through industrialization, tourism, and commercial farming. Mr. Agyapong has also pledged to instill a culture of accountability, patriotism, honesty, discipline, and hard work among the citizenry when elected president.
A total of 203,439 delegates are expected to partake in the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential elections scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023. The delegates comprise all members of the National Council, National, Regional, and Constituency Executive Committees, Electoral Area Coordinators, and five polling station executives in each polling station (Chairman, Secretary, Organiser, and Youth and Women Organisers).
All focus will be on the Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye-led Presidential Elections Committee (PEC), tasked with conducting the election to ensure transparent, free, and fair polls with the assistance of the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Ghana Police Service.
The EC and the police are solely responsible for the conduct of the election and security, respectively.
In the operational guidelines, the party indicated that for a contestant to be validly elected, the candidate must obtain more than 50 percent of the total valid votes cast. It said that if, however, no candidate obtained more than 50 percent of the total valid votes cast, there would be a run-off between the first two contestants, and the contestant with a simple majority would be the party’s presidential candidate.
It added that if two leading contestants obtained the same number of votes but failed to obtain more than the 50 percent threshold, a run-off election would be conducted to resolve the tie. The entire delegation will vote to break the tie.
It said if one contestant secured the highest number of votes without reaching more than the 50 percent threshold and two other contestants tied for second place, a run-off election would be conducted between the two candidates to determine the winner, who would then contest a run-off with the original winner to select the final winner. A date shall be set for the same delegates to vote to select a winner. If a tie should reoccur, a ballot supervised by the EC shall be conducted. The election will occur in all 276 constituencies, including the yet-to-be-created Guan Constituency in the Oti Region and the party headquarters in Accra, bringing the total voting centers to 277.