Nominations for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary primaries in ‘orphan’ constituencies across the country will start on Saturday, July 20, and end on August 3, 2019.
Orphan constituencies refer to constituencies where the NPP has no Member of Parliament (MP).
The party will also hold parliamentary primaries simultaneously for such constituencies on September 28, 2019.
A statement issued by the General Secretary of the party, Mr John Boadu, said an aspiring parliamentary candidate would pick nomination forms at a non-refundable cost of GH₵2,000 in Bankers Draft.
Steering committee decision
According to the statement, the party’s national steering committee, at a meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, considered and approved the guidelines and modalities.
To successfully file a nomination form, an aspirant will be required to pay a non-refundable filing fee of GH¢20,000.
However, for purposes of encouraging more women, youth and physically challenged persons to aspire to higher political office, such prospective aspiring parliamentary candidates, the party said, will enjoy a rebate of 50 per cent on the filing fees meaning that they will be required to pay a non-refundable filing fee of GH¢10,000.
The statement said aspirants would submit their nomination forms to the constituency parliamentary elections committee for endorsement and certification, and then to the regional secretariat for endorsement and certification.
“The regional secretariat shall thereupon be required to submit all such forms to the national secretariat for final endorsement and certification by the General Secretary.
In the event that any aspirant suffers any obstruction in the final filing process at the constituency level, they may file at the regional secretariat or national secretariat at the office of the General Secretary.
“The constituency secretary shall publish, at the close of nomination, the list of all applicants who have successfully filed their nominations to contest in the primaries,” the statement added.