The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana has rescheduled its parliamentary primaries for constituencies currently under its representation. Initially slated for January 20, 2024, the new date is now January 27, 2024. This decision was announced by the Party's General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, after a meeting of the National Executive Council. Alongside this, the NPP has put a pause on campaigning in these areas until the approval of the 2024 national budget.
Extension Granted to NPP's Flagbearer
Before this, on December 2, the NPP selected its candidates for the 'orphan constituencies'. These are constituencies held by the main opposition, the National Democratic Congress (NDC). This move was part of a broader strategy to strengthen the party's position ahead of the 2024 general elections.
In a significant development, the NPP's flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has been granted additional time to name his running mate. The Party's constitution typically requires the flagbearer to announce their running mate 12 months ahead of general elections. However, this extension allows Dr. Bawumia to continue his consultations and engagements for the selection of a suitable candidate.
Implications of the NPP's Decisions
The decisions taken by the NPP, in terms of rescheduling the primaries and extending the deadline for the flagbearer, reflect the party's commitment to a democratic selection process for its candidates. They also underline the strategic approach the party is taking towards the upcoming 2024 general elections. These actions could potentially shape the political landscape in Ghana, with implications that transcend beyond the country's borders.