NPP Dismisses Petition for Centralized Election, Proceeds with Decentralized Approach
The National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rejected a petition submitted by nine flagbearer aspirants, excluding Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who advocated for a centralized election on August 26, 2023. The aspirants argued that a centralized approach would ensure efficiency and transparency in the voting process, expressing dissatisfaction with the plan to limit voting to only 900 delegates at the regional level.
Despite the petition, the National Council, after a crucial meeting on July 20, 2023, decided to adhere to the party’s constitution and proceed with the planned decentralized election.
Speaking to journalists, NPP’s General Secretary, Justin Koduah, confirmed that the party will move forward with the election process, cutting down the number of presidential aspirants from 10 to five as specified in the party’s constitution.
Due to the passing of some delegates, a new register will be required. Justin Koduah assured that the compilation of the new register is in its final stage, aiming to include between 900 and 1000 delegates in the special electoral college.
The party will also remove names of deceased founding members and review past national officers for the final list of special delegates. The General Secretary projected that the new register would be ready by the end of the week.
Bawumia spokesperson backs his boss
Dr. Bawumia’s Spokesperson Clarifies Vice President’s Stance on Election Petition
Miracles Dennis Aboagye, spokesperson for Dr. Bawumia, has clarified that the Vice President is not opposed to the petition put forward by the other nine flagbearer hopefuls. In an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News on Citi FM in Accra, Mr. Aboagye asserted that Dr. Bawumia is indifferent and fully respects any decision made by the party’s National Council.
“The Vice President’s position is to comply with whatever guidelines and decisions the National Council will reach. He is indifferent,” Mr. Aboagye stated.