NPP Settles On March 13 For Manhyia North Primary

The Ashanti regional leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has set Sunday March 13, to hold the Manhyia North parliamentary primary. This follows the successful election of polling station executives last week.

The election of polling stations executives was postponed several times because the incumbent MP, Collins Owusu Amankwah, and his only competitor Nana Osei Bamfoe, questioned the credibility of the register, claiming among others that it was bloated. The constituency is the only one in the region that has not yet elected a parliamentary candidate for the party due to alleged irregularities and the concerns raised by the two contenders.

But speaking at a press conference on Monday, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, said all outstanding issues have now been resolved for the election on Sunday. Consequently, a committee has been formed to spearhead the elections, which will be held at Longford Hotel at Akate Farms.

The committee, which will begin its work on Tuesday, will also be responsible for resolving all issues regarding the election album for the constituency. “We sat down as a committee and agreed that we will vote on the 13th of March. The venue is Longford Hotel and the exercise starts at 8 am. Please everyone should come and vote. We want an incident-free exercise,” Chairman Wontumi said.

I’m not supporting anyone

He also dismissed allegations that he was throwing his weight behind one of the candidates, saying“I have even heard rumors that I am supporting one of the candidates. I want to state on record that it is not true. My candidate is the one who will emerge winner. I have nothing to do with the challenges that confronted the party in Manhyia North.”