The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday conducted balloting for positions for the 10 candidates battling for its 2024 presidential slot.
At the end of the balloting, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong picked the number one slot on the ballot paper for the super delegates’ congress scheduled to take place on August 26, 2023.
Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen picked the 2nd slot; followed by Joe Ghartey as the 3rd and Kwadwo Poku as the 4th.
Former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, picked the 5th position, with Kwabena Agyei Agyepong picking 6th slot.
The last four slots went to Francis Addai-Nimoh, at 7th, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, at 8th, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko, at 9th and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia at the 10th position.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party will on August 26 cut down the list of its presidential aspirants from 10 to five as stipulated in its constitution.
In a press statement, issued by the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong, the party explained that all aspiring presidential candidates “shall sign an undertaking with the party, committing himself to supporting whoever is eventually elected/selected as the party’s presidential candidate after the election/selection process in the event that he is not elected/selected.”
It reiterated that the Special Electoral College, scheduled for August 26, 2023, shall be held in each of the 16 regional capitals and that each delegate shall be entitled to one vote, and shall cast his/her vote by secret ballot for only one candidate.
“All Aspiring Presidential Candidates shall be given the validated Album for the Special Electoral College at least one month to the date of the Congress (i.e. not later than July 26, 2023),” it added.
The National Council said it had taken a serious view of some unhealthy comments and utterances from some aspiring presidential candidates and their supporters, which did not auger well for the unity and cohesion of the party.
“Accordingly, the Council, by this statement, reinforces compliance with the Code of Conduct for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of the Party.”
“Any Aspiring Presidential Candidate, or his supporters, and party executives at all levels who act in contravention of the Code of Conduct, moving forward, shall be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines thereof and the Party Constitution,” it stressed.
It urged all the aspiring presidential candidates to campaign on issues, and refrain from levelling unsubstantiated allegations, personal attacks and vilifications against their opponents, adding that no candidate should undertake any activity that would polarize the party along tribal, religious, and other factional lines.
It added that all aspiring presidential candidates should impress upon their supporters not to engage in any of the activities stated above.