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NPP Clears 11 Disqualified Aspiring Parliamentary Candidates

The New Patriotic Party has cleared 11 persons who were initially disqualified from contesting in the party’s parliamentary primaries in orphaned constituencies in four regions.

They are Betty Atsupe Gorleku (Ada constituency), Clement Wilkinson (Amasaman), Alexander Amanor Narh-Gbeeku (Ashiaman), Harry Harold Quartey (Korle Klottey), Nathaniel Nii Naatey Atswele Nartey and Micheal Nii Yarboi Annan (Odododiodio).

The rest are Solomon Donkor (Juaboso), Alex Joseph Avoka Asuma (Binduri), Daniel Gariba (Buisa South), Abubakar Wuni (Bawku Central) and Dr Frank Yirenkye (Biakoye)

Manaf Ibrahim and Gifty Ndoma of Asawase and Ejura/Sekyeredumase respectively, who were suspended by the party for misconduct, are to “apologise to the Ashanti Regional executives and to the party for their suspension to be reconsidered”.

The primaries in the ‘orphaned constituencies’ is scheduled to take place in 105 constituencies across the country on September 28.

A statement issued Friday by the General Secretary of NPP, John Boadu, said the NEC at its meeting on September 12, also proposed January 12, 2020 for the party to conduct primaries in constituencies where sitting MPs are from the NPP.

The date is however subject to the approval of the National Council of the NPP, the statement said.

Non-members of parliament seeking to contest in the NPP primaries will be required to pay a development fee of 30,000 cedis, the party said, explaining it is in line with convention.

Nomination fee for aspiring candidates is pegged at 2,000 cedis while filing fee is 20,000.

However, persons with disabilities, women and the youth will enjoy 50 per cent on the filing fee and the development levy.

“Such persons will, therefore, be required to pay 25,000 cedis to successfully file their nominations,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the party said its National Council of the party which is expected to meet within the next week, will also approve the guidelines and modalities for the conduct of the party’s presidential primaries for the 2020 general elections