The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has scheduled April 25, 2020, as the date to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries to elect candidates to represent them in the 2020 elections, ABC News can report.
For the Presidential elections, the party has pegged its nomination fee for aspirants at GHC 20,000 and the filing fee at GHC 200,000 whilst for parliamentary aspirants, they will have to cough up GHC2000 for picking the form and GHC20, 000 to file.
The Party initially scheduled January 12 to conduct the primaries but the date was challenged strongly by sitting MPs who argue that their involvement in legislative work will give their opponents an undue advantage.
The General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu said in a press briefing after the meeting, “We took into consideration a lot of government programmes and party programmes and all that and also in consultation with our Members of Parliament and that date is set for us to hold the primaries.”
Although many have predicted that President Akufo-Addo will seek re-election in the 2020 general election, he is yet to announce his bid.
The party has already held primaries for constituencies that they do not have sitting Members of Parliament, electing 95 candidates in the process.
Mr. Boadu urged aspirants to be wary of the party’s regulation between now and when nominations are officially opened.
“Until nominations for these primaries are open, members of our party must be cautious and not do anything that goes contrary to the rules and regulations of the party…Until nominations are open, no member of the party is expected to start campaigning.”
The NPP enjoys an overwhelming majority in Parliament with 169 out of the 275 seats.