The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will today, Saturday, November 4, vote to elect its flagbearer for the 2024 general elections.
This critical poll involves over 200,000 party delegates, and is seen as a pivotal step in breaking the eight-year election cycle pattern in Ghana.
The delegates, who make up the Electoral College comprises Members of Parliament, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, ministers and their deputies, foundation members of the NPP, members of the party’s National Council and patrons and council of elders.
The rest are regional party officers, constituency officers, constituency patrons, constituency elders, electoral area coordinators, polling station executives, overseas branches and members of Tescon, the tertiary students’ wing of the party.
The four contenders in the race are the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former Food and Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriyie, and a former MP, Francis Addai-Nimoh.
While Dr. Bawumia is considered a frontrunner, Kennedy Agyapong is expected to compete strongly, after he shockingly emerged second during the party’s super delegates conference ahead of former Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen.
The election is expected to take place in all constituencies across the country, except in the Sunyani East Constituency in the Bono Region, where the election has been put on hold after a high court in Sunyani set aside the constituency album following an injunction filed by some aggrieved party members.
The contestants have signed an undertaking not to resign from the party if they lose.
The ballot paper will feature Kennedy Agyapong at the top, followed by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Francis Addai Nimo.