Ashanti: NPP suspends constituency elections in Kwadaso

NPP office at Kwadaso

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) constituency elections in Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region have been suspended, an official has confirmed.

This was after some aggrieved members petitioned the party to resolve issues that have arisen out of the upcoming elections, according to Evans Nimarko, the party’s Director of Elections and Research.

“So far there is no tension. The police will provide security as usual…The elections have been put on hold in some constituencies like Kwadaso and Kumawu because they [aggrieved members] are using the internal structures including that of the Cecelia Dapaah’s ADR Committee [to seek redress]”, Mr. Nimarko told Kumasi-based Otec FM.

He continued that “elections in other constituencies have been put on hold because there are court issues. The party can now hold elections in some areas like Dome Kwabenya, Manso Nkwanta and Ablekuma West because their cases were dismissed, but let me be quick to add that the party will always respect the court’s decision.”

Confusion imminent

Earlier this week, some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Kwadaso Constituency raised concerns over the ongoing constituency elections.

They accused the leaders of deliberately choosing their loyalists to run for the election. One of them, Augustine Sackey told JoyNews that confusion is imminent due to many infractions committed by the party leadership.

Sackey wants to contest for the constituency executive positions. He said the Constituency leaders are only working hard to satisfy their parochial interests instead of the general welfare of the entire party membership.

“The problem is that people are here for their selfish interests, and they’re refusing to allow others to take part in the elections. These executives that we have, they’ve been there for three consecutive times and none of them was elected. It was only through popular acclamation or unopposed. And this time around, we don’t want this to happen again and that’s why we are sounding a warning to the leadership that they have to come out and make sure justice is done,” he said.

Mr. Sackey also noted that the injustice in the Kwadaso case will create apathy and that the party may lose many votes in the next few years.

He called upon regional and national officials to intervene.

Another disgruntled member, Moses Agyei Asamoah, also noted that the story of the elections in Kwadaso is very bad and therefore, they were only trying to make sure that the right thing is done.

But after raising concerns during the compilation of the new Constituency album, the constituency’s party leadership called on the military to intervene.

He said the incident was reported to the leadership at the regional level but nothing has happened.

Mr. Asamoah said their only fear is that the actions of the leaders can grossly affect votes in the constituency and prevent the party from ‘breaking the eight’ in the 2024 elections.


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