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NPP flagbearership race: Balloting for Nov 4 primaries postponed

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Electoral Committee of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has postponed balloting for the four flagbearer aspirants of the party expected to contest in November.

Spokesperson for the committee, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin on Wednesday, September 6, said the balloting will be on hold until the committee has resolved outstanding issues with regard to the Super Delegates Conference.

The idea of the party to reschedule the date for the balloting follows the decision taken by the former Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen to withdraw from the upcoming presidential primaries on November 4.

Mr Alan Kyerematen, in a statement issued on September 5, said the election was rigged to favour one particular candidate.

He further cited intimidation and assault on his polling agents during the party’s internal elections to reduce the number of aspirants to five.

Mr Afenyo-Markin says the committee will incorporate proposals from all the aspirants before releasing its final report on the Super Delegates Conference.

However, he refused to disclose the issues raised in their meetings concerning the allegations made by some of the aspirants in the party’s internal elections.

“We have agreed to proceed with the guidelines. And like I said, when we are done, we will again serve you notice of the guidelines, and soon thereafter, we will proceed with the balloting,” he noted.

The four flagbearer aspirants participating in the balloting exercise are Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Francis Addai-Nimo.