The main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has opened nominations for some twenty constituencies in the Ashanti Region for prospective aspirants to contest the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the party.
Although the party conducted primaries nationwide in August 2019, the party could not organise the exercise in some constituencies following certain challenges.
The constituencies are Atwima Nwabiagya North, Atwima Nwabiagya South, Afigya Kwabre North, Kwabre East, Obuasi East, Obuasi West, Adansi Akrofrom, Manso Edubea, Bekwai, Nsuta Kwaman Beposo, Afigya Sekyere East, Kumawu, Afiduase Asokore, Bosome Freho, Asante Akyem South, Asante Akyem North, Asante Akyem Central, Ejisu, Oforikrom, and Bantama.
Speaking to Citi News, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Otokunor said all outstanding issues and grudges have been addressed for a smooth run of the elections.
“So with the 20 constituencies that we have opened nominations for, filing of nominations after taking the forms will be on 25th of November, 2019. Then vetting of the aspirants will be on the 25th and 27th. Then the elections will be held on December 14.”
“When this is done, there are some outstanding issues that we are still trying to prepare the grounds for those elections to be held. We are putting some arrangements in place to make sure that the primaries will be held smoothly and we’ll get very credible candidates to contest on our ticket,” he said.
The NDC parliamentary primaries took place on 24th August 2019 in some constituencies in the various regions.
Ahead of this, the national executives of the party dismissed accusations of sabotage levelled against some constituency executives in the sale of forms for the primaries.
This was after some party members in the Asawase Constituency alleged that there was a deliberate attempt to frustrate them from picking forms to contest in the primaries.
Mr. Otokunor after rubbishing those claims, however, said that the party will in due time give clearance for the primaries to be held in constituencies where the process has been suspended.