The Presidential Elections Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has confirmed the eligibility of the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, to vote in the party’s special delegates congress on August 26.
Alan Kyerematen’s campaign raised concerns about the chief of staff’s qualification under the category of National Executive Committee in the delegates list.
However, at a press briefing, Vice Chairman of the Presidential Elections Committee, Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah, said the Chief of Staff qualified to vote, citing her role as patron of the party’s National Executive Committee.
“Our concerted efforts have been dedicated to addressing various queries that arose during the process. Particular emphasis was placed on resolving issues related to the voters register. To uphold the highest standards of transparency, we distributed the provisional voters register to aspirants and encouraged them to conduct a comprehensive review, identify, and report any discrepancies. Subsequently, we received valuable feedback from the aspirants regarding instances of omission, duplication, and related concerns.”
“We are pleased to confirm that all such concerns have been diligently rectified. An issue was raised about the status of Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare. According to the party’s records, she is a member of the National Executive Committee and, by virtue of her being the representative of the patrons at the NEC, this gives her the right to vote,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Elections Committee of the NPP has cautioned its flag bearer aspirants that it is a criminal offense to engage in vote-buying.
At a news conference to assure aspirants of the committee’s commitment to conduct credible and transparent elections, Chairman of the party’s Presidential elections committee warned delegates about taking phones and electronic devices to voting booths.
Ahead of the NPP’s special elections some aspirants had expressed dissatisfaction with the process and called for a level playing field for all candidates.
Some aspirants had suggested that the vice president may be receiving some preferential treatment.
But with barely five days to poll, the election committee says the process has and will continue to be fair, transparent and credible until the last ballot is counted.
Secretary to the election committee Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah who addressed the news conference said to ensure this, persons who try to undermine the process will be denied access to voting centers.
Chairman of the Presidential Election Committee, Prof Aaron Mike Ocquaye, said persons who engage in vote buying during the elections will face criminal consequences.
The Committee said all aspirants have received updates on election guidelines, adding that the Electoral Commission has been entrusted with enforcing full compliance with the election guidelines.
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