Despite scheduling to hold parliamentary primaries in what it terms ‘orphan constituencies’ on Saturday, September 28, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has put on hold the exercise in six constituencies.
In a circular issued by the General Secretary, John Boadu, “compelling reasons” have necessitated the suspension of the primaries in the six constituencies.
The ‘orphan constituencies’ are those with seats held by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In all, there are 106 of them.
But as a result of the circular by the General Secretary, primaries will be held in 100 constituencies on Saturday.
The primaries in the constituencies which have the party’s representatives as incumbent Members of Parliament are scheduled to be held in January, 2020.
The six constituencies not going to the polls on Saturday are Chereponi in the North East Region, Krachi West in the Oti Region – where there were no ‘qualified’ aspirants – and Afajato South constituencies in the Volta Region.
The rest are Kpando, Anlo and Hohoe, where Energy Minister John Peter Amewu is contesting.
Saturday’s primaries will be supervised but the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC), according to the NPP.
“Also, the Album that was used to elect the current constituency executives at the 2018 Constituency Annual Delegates Conference shall be the same Album that will be used for the Extraordinary Constituency Delegates Conference (Primaries) on Saturday.”