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Ahead of the New Patriotic Party’s November 4 primaries, a leading member of the party, Dr. Arthur Kennedy, has asked delegates to look out for the country’s interest, not for a candidate who would give them money.

Speaking in an interview with Selorm Adonoo on The Point of View on Citi TV on Wednesday, he said, “They (delegates) should be looking out for the national interest, rather than who will give them money.”

“They should be looking out for the NPP’s interest, rather than the interest of those who have led the most vibrant political party in sub-Saharan Africa to the edge of bankruptcy and discredit. That is what delegates should be doing.”

Over 200,000 delegates are expected to partake in the NPP’s presidential elections, scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023.

The election, which will elect a flagbearer to represent the party in the 2024 general elections, will take place in the various constituencies across all 16 regions of the country.

A total of 436 delegates will vote at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down, Accra.

In the Ashanti Region, 34,987 delegates will vote, while 4,204 delegates will vote in the Ahafo Region. 39,134 delegates will vote in the Greater Accra Region. Volta has a delegate count of 11,995.

There have been counter-accusations from the camps of Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central, and the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with the former accusing the latter of bribing him to step down from the race.

The four-horse race is between the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong; former Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriyie; and former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh.

The former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, resigned from the party in September, after the Special Delegates Conference, and declared his intention to contest as an independent candidate, citing intimidation of his supporters.

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Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has asked stakeholders of the presidential primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to comply with its directives to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful and orderly manner.

In a statement signed and issued by Simon Osei-Mensah, Chairman of Ashanti REGSEC, on Wednesday, he stressed that the security of the premises will be the responsibility of the State Security, and as such, no machomen or any other private security will be tolerated on the premises.

“No motorbikes will be allowed in and around the premises; no T-shirts, dresses, paraphernalia, or any other item embossed with the names or pictures of aspirants will be allowed on the premises; only staff of the Electoral Commission, accredited polling agents of aspirants, and delegates voting are allowed within the inner perimeter of the premises.”

“Delegates are not allowed to go into the inner perimeter with mobile phones; delegates are advised to leave the premises as soon as they cast their votes; bodyguards of ministers, deputy ministers, and other dignitaries are not allowed to enter the inner perimeter, and bodyguards of ministers, deputy ministers, and other dignitaries are not allowed to carry their weapons within the premises,” he stated.

Mr. Osei-Mensah further underscored that delegates who report to the premises after 2:00 PM will not be allowed to vote, but any delegate who is in the queue before 2:00 PM and has not voted will be allowed to vote.

“The Council wishes to state that anyone who flouts any of the above directives will be dealt with,” he added.

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