The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has settled on September 28 to either select or elect parliamentary candidates for the 2020 general election in constituencies where the party does not have a sitting Member of Parliament (MP).
However, primaries for constituencies where the party has sitting MPs have been deferred to a later date.
These decisions were arrived at by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), pursuant to Article 12 of the NPP’s constitution, at a meeting held on Monday.
The National Council, which also met after the NEC confab at the same venue, decided to hold presidential primaries sometime early next year, in line with Article 13 of the party’s constitution.
The meetings were attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP national chairman Freddie Blay, and members of the NEC and National Council.
Members tasked the National Steering Committee to come out with guidelines and modalities for the conduct of both the parliamentary and presidential primaries towards the 2020 general election.
A statement issued by the general secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, wished all prospective aspirants the best of luck.
He appealed to all members and interest groups to co-operate “to make these primaries successful in order to maintain” the NPP’s “enviable stature as the party with the finest internal democratic culture in the country and on the continent of Africa.