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NPP clears 81 aspirants to contest parliamentary primaries in Eastern Region

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has examined and cleared 81 of 85 candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary primary.

Three additional candidates, including one for Oda and the DCE for Akuapem South, have been placed on hold pending further review, while one female candidate for New Juaben South has been disqualified.

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Mr. Haruna Mohammed, the NPP’s Deputy General Secretary, informed the media that the vetting was highly successful and praised the regional executives for their hard work.

“All the aspirants who have offered to represent the party demonstrated knowledge of governance and parliamentary business, which we are highly satisfied with,” he added.

During the three-day vetting, incumbent Members of Parliament, ministers of state, and hundreds of party supporters converged on the Residency to cheer on their favored applicants with singing and dancing.

Ten women, including two incumbents, Mrs. Abena Osei Asare, MP for Atiwa East and deputy finance minister, and Mrs. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, MP for Abuakwa North and deputy education minister, are among 75 males set to run in the region’s 24 seats.

With the exception of Mr. Bryan Acheampong, MP for Abetifi and Agriculture Minister, and Mr. Frederick Obeng Adom, MP for Upper-West Akyem, all 24 incumbent NPP MPs in the region face serious competition in the forthcoming primaries.

Mr. Sammy Awuku, the NLA chairman, is also running unopposed for the Akuapem North seat since the current MP, Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, has moved camps to run as the parliamentary candidate for Okaikwei North in Greater Accra.

Mr. Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah, MP for Ofoase and Information Minister, Mr. O.B Amoah, MP for Aburi and Minister of State, and Mr. Frank Annor-Dompreh, MP for Nsawam and majority whip, are all running for the 2024 parliamentary seat.

Meanwhile, some party veterans in Parliament have stepped down from the 2024 election, including Mr. Dan Kwaku Botwe, Okere and Local Government Minister, Mr. Samuel Atta-Akyea, Abuakwa South, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Atiwa West and Roads Minister, and Nana Adjei Boateng, New Juaben North and former Deputy Minister.

 

 

 

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