Former Commissioner of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Col. Kwadwo Damoah, has declared his intention to contest in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Jaman South Constituency of the Bono Region. Col. Damoah has expressed his readiness to participate in the race as soon as the party opens nominations.
The NPP will open nominations for parliamentary primaries for orphan constituencies, which are constituencies without NPP Members of Parliament (MPs), on June 16, 2023, with the closing of nominations on July 14, 2023. Elections would be held from August 1 to December 2, 2023. Meanwhile, nominations with sitting MPs will open on December 20, 2023, and close on January 4, 2024. Elections are slated for February 24, 2024.
In a statement issued by the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong, the timeline for the primaries was announced. Col. Damoah reportedly made his intention known on Drobo-based Kiss FM.
Col. Damoah was relieved of his position as Commissioner of Customs Division by President Akufo-Addo in October 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Administration (Accounting) from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also has a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in International Affairs from the same institution and an LLB (Law) from the Ghana School of Law.
Col. Damoah’s professional career has seen him serve in various capacities at the Ghana Armed Forces, including the Directorate of Manpower Planning and the position of Service Financial Comptroller. He has also worked at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon and Airborne Force Tamale.
For the most part, the upcoming NPP parliamentary primaries will be a platform for candidates to vie for the chance to represent their party in the 2024 general elections. Col. Damoah’s entry into the race adds to the growing list of aspirants seeking to contest under the NPP banner.