NPP Primaries 2020: What to expect, hotspots and contests to watch

NPP Primaries 2020: What to expect, hotspots and contests to watch

- Ghana's ruling political party, NPP, is expected to hold its parliamentary primaries today, June 20, 2020

- There are places and persons of interest to consider during the polls

- The polls which will be conducted by the Electoral Commission will start at 7am and close at 1pm

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP), will today, June 20, 2020, hold parliamentary primaries in 100 out of an expected 168 constituencies across the country.

The primaries is expected to be highly-contested with many individuals vying for a place to represent their constituents in parliament come January 7, 2021.

Political analysts, according to a report sighted on graphic.com.gh, have it that out of the 100 constituencies where delegates would go to the polls, 26 have been considered hotspots.

NPP Primaries 2020: What to expect, hotspots and contests to watch
NPP rally. Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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They have been divided into regions with Adansi Asokwa, Asante Akim North, Asante Akim South, Asante Akim Central, Bantama and Manhyia North, in the Ashanti Region considered as hotspots in the area.

Berekum East and Sunyani East, in the Bono Region, have been noted as the places to watch during the much-anticipated contest.

Asikuma Odoben Brakwa is the only one on the list in the Central Region regarded as a place of interest.

Akim Oda, Akwatia, New Juaben South and Nkawkaw, all in the Eastern Region, will get most of the attention during the polls.

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Adentan, Dome Kwabenya, Okaikwei South and Tema West in Greater Accra Region are the places to be considered as highly-contested ones.

Yendi and Nanton in the Northern Region, Navrongo Central in the Upper East and Lawra in the Upper West Region, are expected to catch the eye of election monitors.

The Effia, Ahanta West, Kwesimintsim and Shama in the Western Region are also expected to see some amazing action.

Some of the contests to consider include that of Aviation Minister Mr Joseph Kofi Adda and the Upper East Regional Minister Ms Tangoba Abayage.

Many people would look to see the outcome of the heated contest in Dome-Kwabeya between Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Mike Oquaye Jnr and Sarah Adwoa Safo, Ghana's Deputy Majority Leader.

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New Juaben South will see incumbent Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah and Mr Michael Okyere Baafi, the CEO of the Ghana Free Zones Authority locking horns in contest.

Another place of interest would be Adansi Asokwa where for the first time in 2 decades, K. T. Hammond will be given a tight contest by one Samuel Binfoh.

In Bantama, presidential staffer Francis Asenso-Boakye will face Daniel Okyem Aboagye for the seat.

Other presidential staffers and government appointees would also seek to find their way into parliament come 2021 as they are all involved in the contest.

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana is expected to handle the smooth running of the primaries while the nation's security personnel will take up issues of security to ensure no issue is recorded on the day.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo urged his party to ensure that it comes out of the primaries safe and stronger.

He noted that the primaries is a perfect opportunity to show Ghanaians that it is possible to conduct an electoral process that will guarantee the safety of all even in the midst of the pandemic which has bedeviled the world.

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