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20.06.2020 NPP News

NPP Primaries: Confusion Hits Asante-Akim North Over Elections

By Kwabena Agyare || SaltfmOnline
NPP Primaries: Confusion Hits Asante-Akim North Over Elections
LISTEN JUN 20, 2020

Confusion has hit the ranks of the New Patriotic Party on whether or not the party’s primaries scheduled for Saturday, June 20 will move forward as planned.

Salt 95.9 FM earlier gathered that an injunction had been secured by some 145 constituency delegates whose names were removed from the party’s constituency delegates album.

The 145 members of the party who earlier in the week sent caution to the party to restore their names before the elections on Saturday said they did not know why their names had been removed by the constituency executives.

The statement by the 145 candidates read:

“The list of 145 delegates in 61 polling stations, mostly from Agogo, whose names have been unlawfully and fraudulently deleted from the original photo album of the Asante Akim North Constituency, have successfully filed a suit and injunction against using the tampered and manipulated photo album for the primaries tomorrow. The Party and EC have both been duly served all processes from the court.’’

In an entirely opposite statement signed by the NPP’s Asante Akim North Secretary, Williams Aboagye Boateng, the party stated that the elections will move forward as planned to call on party supporters to debunk reports of an injunction.

“We would like to inform delegates and all and sundry that our impending parliamentary primaries is happening live tomorrow without any shred of inequivocation. The leadership has prepared grounds very well and measures have been put in place to ensure your safety to be able to exercise your franchise.

We also encourage you to remain calm and refute all allegations of an injunction and move in your numbers to cast your ballot tomorrow” – The Statement from the party read

Confusion at National Level

Director of Elections for the party, Evans Nimako in an exclusive interview with Salt FM’s Prof Sam indicated the elections in the constituency will not come off following the injunction.

However, in a separate interview with the second vice-chairman of the party, Fredrick F. Antoh, he emphasized that Evans Nimako did not have any power to call off any election in the constituency.

According to him, the elections will happen as scheduled. He added any decision taken by the party contrary to that will be communicated through the General Secretary.

Background

145 delegates in the Asante-Akim North Constituency have expressed concern over the removal of their names from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) delegates album for the constituency.

The group of concerned polling station executives(delegates) in the constituency at a press briefing today disclosed they had not received any reasons for which party executives had taken the decision to expunge their names from the delegates album.

According to them, they were elected in 2018 to be in office for four years and are mandated to take part in elections of party executives and parliamentary candidates.

The NPP is scheduled to hold its primaries to select outstanding MP aspirants for the party in the 2020 general election on June 20. The removal of the 145 polling station executives means they cannot take part in the exercise to select who leads the party in the constituency.

The group stated that their names have been removed from the delegate's album and replaced by people who are not known in their respective polling stations describing the action by the constituency executives as illegal.

---SaltfmOnline

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