April 6, 2023

NPP Sets Date For Kumawu Parliamentary Primary

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced April 23 for parliamentary primary for the vacant Kumawu seat in Parliament.

This follows the death of Hon Philip Basoah who occupied the seat until March 27, 2023.

On Friday, March 31, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, announced the Electoral Commission had been notified through the the Clerk of the House about the vacancy of the Kumawu seat.

This in accordance with Section 3 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana (Amendment) Act 1996, Act 527.

The EC will have to hold a by-election for the constituency to elect another representative.

In a statement, the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong, said the National Executive Committee of the Party approved timelines for the primaries during a meeting on April 3.

The committee agreed to open the nomination on April 11 and hold the election on April 23 after the nomination closes on April 14.

Nomination forms will be available at the constituency office of the party.

Alongside the timetable, the Committee approved a set of rules and regulations to guide aspirants before and during the elections.

Meanwhile, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is yet to make public its plans towards the NPP stronghold.

Kumawu constituency has always voted for NPP parliamentary candidates except in 1992, however, it is not known if the trend will continue this time around.

Hon Philip Basoah died aged 54 after joining the 7th Parliament in January 2017.

He retained his seat in the 2020 General elections and remained a legislator until his death.

During his tenure in Parliament, he served as the Chairman of the Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises Committee; a member of the Lands and Forestry Committee; and a member of the Selection Committee.

He worked as the Projects Coordinator of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Ashanti Region and as District Chief Executive at the Ministry of Local Government for the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009.

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