The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has put on hold parliamentary primaries in 27 constituencies ahead of the party’s internal primaries. The affected constituencies include Ayawasi Central, Amasaman, Afram Plains South, Akwatia, Effutu, Gomoa Central, Amenfi East, Evalue Gwira, Asian North, Pusiga, Tarkwa Nsuaem, Ayensuano, Adansi Asoka, Offinso North, Aharon Ano North, Sekyere Afram Plains, Ahafo Ano, Southwest (Aduagyaman), Bosom Freho, Asante Akim Central, Manso Adubia, Manhyia South, Subin Fomena, and four others.
The party announced this decision in a statement signed by the General Secretary, Fifi Kwetey, who also added that nominations for these constituencies would be opened at a later date. “The Functional Executive Committee will, in due course, announce the date for the opening of nominations in the above constituencies,” the statement said.
Additionally, the statement revealed that nomination forms for parliamentary candidates would be available for purchase on the party’s official website from Wednesday midnight, February 22, 2023. Presidential aspirants were also asked to pick up nomination forms from the General Secretary’s office at the party’s headquarters in Adabraka, Accra, starting from 8 am on Wednesday.
The reason for the delay in the parliamentary primaries in the 27 constituencies was not explicitly stated in the statement. However, it is believed that the party may be taking time to resolve internal disputes and conduct necessary background checks on candidates before proceeding with the primaries.
The NDC is currently the main opposition party in Ghana, and the outcome of the primaries will have a significant impact on the party’s chances in the 2024 general election.