The National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has decided that the special delegates election will be held in the regions . The decision was taken after a marathon meeting of the National Council in Accra on Thursday, July 20, 2023.
Nine out of the presidential aspirants [with the exception of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia] had petitioned the National Council that the special delegates election be centralized arguing that a centralized election would be more efficient and transparent.
In addition, they insisted that plans to allow only 900 delegates to vote at the regional level do not sit well with them. But, the petition was dismissed by the National Council.
Addressing journalists for the meeting on Thursday, the General Secretary of the party, Justin Kodua Frimpong, said the party will go ahead with its planned decentralised election.
This will happen on August 26 when the list of presidential aspirants would be cut to five as stipulated in NPP constitution.
Mr Kodua said it is the National Council that is clothed with the power to decide venue for elections. “It’s not the aspirants who determine the venue of the elections, it’s rather the National Council. At the end of the day, the National Council has decided and all have to abide by it,” the General Secretary said.
The General Secretary further stated that the photo album for the election will be made available to all delegates by next week.