NPP to pick presidential, parliamentary candidates June 20 amid coronavirus


Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will head to the polls on June 20, 2020, for its presidential and parliamentary primaries.

The internal poll was initially billed for April 25 but was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a Steering Committee meeting held on Monday [June 1, 2020], the party agreed to hold the election in electoral areas rather than at the constituency level in order to ensure social distancing, according to local media report.

The National Executive Committee of the party is expected to meet later today, Wednesday to draw up modalities for the polls and also make final decisions on the various appeals it had received from some disqualified and disgruntled aspirants.

The party on April 14, 2020, suspended its planned April 25, 2020, parliamentary primaries indefinitely in accordance with the President’s ban on public gatherings in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana.

NPP was to use the primaries to elect parliamentary candidates in constituencies where it has sitting Members of Parliament, ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Many parliamentary aspirants suspended their campaigns due to the decision.

But with the easing of some of the COVID-19 induced restrictions, some aspirants have resumed some level of campaign.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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