November 21, 2015

Parliamentary and Presidential primaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress in the Ningo-Prampram constituency have been called off.

This follows hours of meeting betwen the two leading candidates Sam George and the incumbent Enoch Teye Mensah, and some officers from the national office of the party over claims of a tampered register made by George.

Officails failed to reach a definite deal on when next the polls can be held.

The NDC is voting today in a nationwide exercise to elect parliamentary candidates as well as a presidential candidate for next year’s elections.

728 candidates are contesting for seats across the country. Of the number, 74 are female while 127 are sitting Members of Parliament. 76 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief executives (MMDCEs) are taking part in the process. Three physically challenged persons are also contesting nationwide. 62 are going unopposed.

Today’s polls should begin the process leading to the party’s preparations for the 2016 elections.

7000 Policemen from the Ghana Police Service are taking part in today’s parliamentary and presidential primaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

The Service has assured its men have been adequately briefed in what they are anticipating will be a smooth process.

Today’s process is happening a year before the Party come face to face with the main opposition New Patriotic Party, who have since settled on its parliamentary candidates as well as Presidential.

The Party has suspended elections in six constituencies due to outstanding issues.

Ketu South, North Tongu and Nkwanta South constituencies in the Volta Region, have been left out of today’s process.

The rest are Akwatia Constituency in the Eastern Region, Chiana-Paga in the Upper East Region and Bunkpurugu Constituency in the Northern Region.

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho said the cancellation of elections in the aforementioned constituencies is due to either  court actions or incomplete vetting processes.

Today’s process was preceded by elections in the Amenfi West Constituency in the Western Region as part of  the a pilot of the new biometric process the ruling Party is exploring for the first time.

Polling is taking place in some 269 constituencies.