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One Hundred and Eleven (111) persons have filed their names to contest for the primaries in 44 constituencies by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti region.
The majority Leader and a member of Parliament for Suame constituency is going unopposed.
Other five MPs including the education minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh Manhyia and his deputy Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum Bosomtwe, Mp for Ahafo Ano South East Francis Manu Adabor, New Edubiase MP are the lone rangers.
Speaking on Democracy on Kessben FM and monitored by TVNEWSGH.COM, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Sam Pyne noted that 7 persons are contesting for the Akrofrom primaries which the highest number in the Ashanti region.
Moving on, he added 4 constituencies have recorded 6 persons each contesting parliamentary primaries.
“We got 4 constituencies being contested by 4 aspirants, 18 constituencies where 3 persons are contesting for the upcoming primaries, 2 persons each contesting for 15 constituencies” Sam Pyne said
Sam Pyne revealed that the vetting process will be on the 28th of February, 2020 to 8th March, 2020.
“We are starting the vetting process on 28th of this month February to 8th of March this year. But you know that Ashanti region is hosting this year’s 6th March and 7th March too is the Ashanti regional Minister mother’s funeral, most of the aspirants would want to go and sympathize with him so there would be some changes in the vetting process in Ashanti region” he indicated
Sam Pyne therefore cautioned the aspirants to desist from campaign of insults since it will affect the party’s fortunes as Ghana goes to the polls this year.
Ashanti region which is the world bank of the NPP has recorded some riots as far as the picking and filing of the nomination forms are concerned which does not speak well of the party.
Places like Asante Mampong constituency, Adansi Asokwa constituency and some constituencies where protests were held against the imposition of MPs.
“Descent campaigning will help put the party together after the primaries, so we are entreating each and every one not to attack any contender as they about going into serious campaign” he reminded them.