Ejisu Bye-election: NPP to  hold primary April 13

Story: News Desk 

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), has set Saturday, April 13, 2024 to elect a candidate for the Ejisu constituency by-election, occasioned by the death of the MP and Deputy Finance Minister, John Ampontuah Kumah on March 7.

Consequently, the NPP has announced a three-day window, from Tuesday, April 2 to Thursday April 4, 2024, during which aspirants may purchase and file nominations at the constituency party office.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong announcing timelines and guidelines for the by-election, said an aspiring parliamentary candidate shall procure nomination forms after the payment of a non-refundable application fee of GHȼ3,000 in banker’s draft in favour of the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra.

The statement noted however, that women, youth (persons aged between 18 and 40 years), and persons with disabilities (PWDs) will enjoy a 50% rebate on the filing fees. They thus will be required to pay a non-refundable filing fee of GHȼ17,500.

NPP’s approved timelines for Ejisu by-election

  • Opening of Nomination -Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  • Closing of Nomination -Thursday April 4, 2024
  • Election – Saturday April 13, 2024

The party also announced an Election Committee (EC) to supervise the process.

Members of the committee are:

  1. Mr. Danquah Smith Butey- Chairman
  2. Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako – Vice Chairman
  3. Hon. Patricia Appiagyei
  4. Mad. Martha Kodua
  5. Mr. Evans Nimako – Secretary
  6. Chairperson of the Constituency Council of Elders;
  7. All Constituency Executives (Ex-officio members)

The NPP said it had  also approved detailed rules and regulations to govern the conduct of the parliamentary primary and would be made available to stakeholders.

The Electoral Commission is yet to announce a date for the by-election, while so far, only Kwasi Nyantekyi, former Ghana Football Association president, has publicly declared an interest in seeking to replace the late John Kumah.

The 1992 Constitution of Ghana mandates Clerk of Parliament to alert the EC of a vacancy within seven days, after which the EC has 30 days to conduct a by-election, or 60 days in case of the vacancy being occasioned by the death of an MP.

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