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23.02.2007 NPP News

NPP convenes primary on Nkoranza bye-elections


The New Patriotic Party would today hold primaries to elect a candidate to lead the party in the up-coming bye-elections at Nkoranza.

Speaking to the ADM, the Chairman of the party, Mr. Mac Manu said “three capable people have filled the nomination papers to contest for the party”. He mentioned them as Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro, Mr. Effah Baffoe and Mr. Prince Ofosu Adjei, a General Manager at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).

The primaries, he said, would be held at Busuyah, the constituency capital.

He said all the candidates have the capability of winning the seat, “but it is sad only one person has to be in front…Though one person would be in front, but in reality there is more than one person…We are one party and in every election we go as one, know matter who is leading us”.

Mr. Mac Manu was also confident that today's primaries would showcase the mark that the party has made in deepening its internal democracy.

“We are not scared and there is no tension when we are conducting elections ourselves because we have people who understand and believe in our electoral process”, he said.

When asked if the party is not being complacent since the area is the party's strong hold, he replied: “No, if we were complacent we would not have moved our arsenal to the area.

The General Secretary, Organizer and some influential members of our party are at Nkoranza as I am talking to you…We know the importance of elections and we attach seriousness to every election, even if the seat is not ours”.

The Nkoranza by-election was necessitated by the resignation of Mr. Eric Amoateng, the MP for the area. He was arrested in the United States about a year ago for allegedly dealing in illegal drugs.

The notice of election was issued in accordance with Article 112 of the 1992 Constitution, following the receipt of notification from the Parliament on the occurrence of a vacancy in the membership of Parliament by lawyers of the MP.