The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has completed the balloting for its ten presidential aspirants for the super delegates conference slated for August 26.
The balloting came off on Wednesday at a meeting which sought to address the concerns of aspirants about the impending election.
On the ballot, popular NPP firebrand and Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agapong appears first, followed by Alan Kyerematen in the second position. Essikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey comes in at number three, Kwadwo Poku at number four, while Dr Afriyie Akoto will take the fifth position.
Also, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong will be sixth on the ballot, Addai Nimo takes the seventh slot followed by Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku at number eight. Mr. Kyerematen Agyarko is at number nine and lastly, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is at number 10.
Speaking in a press engagement after the meeting, the Deputy Majority Leader and Spokesperson of the Elections Committee , Alexander Afenyo Markin revealed that all stakeholders have cleared all issues outstanding with regards to the upcoming elections with the committee and a common ground has been reached on concerns raised by some of the contestants to create way for a smooth and successful election to take place.
Among other things, it was agreed that the Electoral Commission will take charge of the elections and see through the printing of the ballot papers, he said.
“Agents of the aspirants will also oversee the printing of the ballot papers. All that we will do is furnish EC with the details, and the notice of polls will also be put out. The EC will also see through all the security arrangements as well,” he added.
“There is going to be proxy (voting), the notice will be issued and the deadline for all proxies will be on August 2,” he added.
Mr Markin added that all aspirants will be furnished with the proxy list and the election album as well.
As part of the constitutional requirement to guide the party’s internal contest with regards to the flagbearership position, the first layer of the process to reduce the number of potential aspirants to five candidates at any given point in time , is the Super delegates conference which is made up of specialized representatives of the party comes off on August 26,2023.
As per routine, the Super Delegates Conference will be held across all regions simultaneously to get the top 5 candidates passed to the main election in November,2023 to pick a new standard bearer for the ruling New Patriotic party for the upcoming General Elections slated for 2024 .