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NPP to review its primaries system after heavy loss of seats – Mac Manu

The Campaign Manager for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu says the leadership of the party will review its parliamentary primaries system.

His comment comes after at least 33 incumbent NPP MPs lost their seats in the just-ended elections. About 21 of them are either ministers of state or deputy ministers.

Speaking to JoyNews, Mr Manu attributed the major parliamentary casualties to fallouts that occurred during the primaries earlier this year.

According to him, the party has learnt a lot of lessons from the just-ended elections and will work at ensuring that some mistakes that they committed do not happen again.

“The management of the parliamentary elections primaries is a worry that we have to look at. I think it is an area that we are of concern. So we will look at it,” he said.

The NPP Campaign Manager also added, “We set two objectives, and one is to win all-round which has been achieved and the second was to get a gap of over one million votes that but that was not achieved.

“So we will go and sit down, do a post mortem and relook at things that we may not have done properly.”

Aside from the 33 MPs who lost their seats, a total of 41 incumbent MPs who lost the NPP primaries earlier this year and thus did not contest in Monday’s polls. Meanwhile, four NPP MPs are retiring.

In total, the governing party will lose at least 78 legislators out of their 169 in the next parliament. That means about 50% of all NPP MPs are not returning.

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