June 3, 2011

On Saturday June 4, delegates of the New Patriotic Party in Atwima Kwanwoma, Sisala East and Sisala West constituencies will go to the polls to elect parliamentary candidates who will contest the 2012 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the party.

The three constituencies are among seven others where voting was either suspended or resulted in a tie during the party’s nationwide primaries held on April 30.

Delegates in the Atwima Kwanwoma constituency are going back to the polls to break the tie which resulted from the initial election contested by Kofi Amankwa Manu and Dr. Kojo Appiah-Kubi who both polled 205 votes.

The NPP’s Director of Research and Elections, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah announced the elections when he appeared on Multi TV’s freshest political talk show, Caucus.

He said preparations are underway to hold the elections in the other constituencies where elections were suspended during the April 30 primaries.

According to Mr. Korsah, nominations will soon be opened in the Sege and Oboom Domeabra constituencies in the Greater Accra region and Jirapa in the Upper East region after Saturday’s elections. No candidates picked up nomination forms by the close of filing of nominations in April in these constituencies.

“We are going to open nominations because at the end of the nomination process, nobody had picked nomination forms in these places. And then you have the three independent-held constituencies Bosomefreho, Bekwai and Nkawkaw, that will also follow,” he said.

519 aspirants contested the NPP’s primaries of which 220 aspirants emerged winners, 22 of them being women. Some 14 incumbent Members of Parliament lost their seats during the primaries and hence will not contest on the party’s ticket in the 2012 elections.