The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has identified four constituencies in the Greater Accra Region as hotspots ahead of its constituency executive elections today.
The flashpoint constituencies include Dome Kwabenya, Odododiodioo and two others.
Speaking in an interview on Joy News yesterday, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Divine Agorhom, disclosed that the party had therefore engaged the Inspector General of Police to help beef up security in these areas during the elections.
“We’ve engaged the IGP. He will be detailing his men to provide security. They have just a few flashpoints for which they would have to beef up on the numbers. Ordinarily, I would have said that the Police Command in the districts should be enough for this…,” he said.
He intimated that, so far, the flashpoint constituencies are just about four, including Odododiodioo and Dome Kwabenya.
“You know the situation there. I think these two, we can put on air; the rest, we don’t want they themselves to even know we consider their constituencies as flashpoints,” he said.
While affirming that the process is ‘a family affair’, he admitted that there could be misunderstandings that need interventions.
“One can say it is a family affair; we don’t expect that misunderstanding or disagreements can escalate into something that would need external security intervention, but we have to be alert,” he added.
Two constituencies, Krowor and Ningo Prampram, have been ruled out of the constituency elections. The party explained that there were unresolved issues in these constituencies during the polling station elections, and would want to settle all matters before the constituency elections are held.
Meanwhile, some party members in Dome Kwabenya have alleged that names of aspirants aligned to the current MP, Sara Adwoa Safo, have been expunged from the constituency’s register.
Reports indicate say that some Electoral Area Coordinators of the party have accused the constituency’s Election Committee of manipulating the voters’ register. The matter is currently before the Kwabenya Circuit court pending trial.
“The Electoral Coordinators want the court to place an injunction on elections in Dome Kwabenya. Some aspirants in the constituency election have expressed displeasure with the electoral processes so far and want the top hierarchy of the party to resolve the issue before any chaos erupts on the day of the election,” reports have revealed.
However, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party insisted that elections at Dome Kwabenya would be conducted, despite the absence of Sara Adwoa Safo.
“It’s the political party that puts you in Parliament; you are on our ticket so we expect that you would be playing your role in managing the constituency as a Member of Parliament. So, if they voted for you and you are not there, who would be doing the work?
“Basically, that is what we are going to do [proceed with the elections], what else can we do? To be waiting for her when we don’t know when she will be coming back, I mean who is going to do that?” he noted.