Kumawu By-election: 6 NPP aspirants placed on ballot; two yet to be cleared for primaries

First Vice Chairman of the NPP, Danquah Smith Buttey addressing the media after the vetting

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has until further notice put the vetting of two out of eight parliamentary aspirants of the Kumawu Constituency on hold.

This was confirmed by the Chairman of the Election Committee and First National Vice Chairman of the party Danquah Smith Buttey who briefed journalists shortly after proceedings on Sunday (16 April).

He however did not disclose their names nor give reasons for the party’s decision. The six others have since received clearance after the vetting.

“We are done with the vetting of the aspirants. It has left with two and we are going to look into their papers before we can clear them”, Buttey said adding that the decision had to do with “internal issues, [which] I can’t discuss here”.

“We need a very credible candidate to win the by-election. They are all credible, but we need someone who is going to win the seat for us”, he indicated.


After the successful vetting of the aspirants, the party is expected to hold an election on Sunday, April 23, 2023, to select a parliamentary candidate to contest on the ticket of the party in the constituency by-election in the Ashanti Region.


Parliament, before adjourning sine die for the Easter holidays, notified the Electoral Commission (EC) of the need to conduct a by-election in the Kumawu Constituency following the death of Philip Basoah, the NPP MP for the area.

The EC is yet to fix a date for the by-election.

Mr Basoah, 53, was also a member of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic.


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