Ashanti Region: NDC Vets Aspirants Tomorrow

The National Democratic Congress' (NDC) vetting of its parliamentary aspirants in the Ashanti Region has been rescheduled to tomorrow, September 29, at a central location in Kumasi.  

The Ashanti Regional Communication Officer of the party, Samed Akalilu, in an interview, said that the constituency executives and aspirants had been formally informed of the change in the decision to enable them to prepare accordingly. 

In all, 106 members have filed their papers to contest in the primaries in all the 47 constituencies. 

The number includes 12 women, two former and current Ministers of State, two Deputy Ministers, as well as the four incumbent MPs. 

Twelve of the aspirants are contesting unopposed, with the Asante Akyem Central Constituency presenting the highest number of candidates of five. 

Six constituencies are presenting four candidates each. All the four MPs of the party in the region are being contested. 

Meanwhile, one of the three aspirants in the Nhyiaeso Constituency in Kumasi, Yaw Ntem Afriyie has expressed optimism that he will emerge the winner in the contest, regardless of the calibre of the other parliamentary aspirants for the constituency.

They include the Managing Director of the State Housing Company, Dr Samuel Sarpong, who is also a former Ashanti Regional Minister. 

According to Mr Afriyie, he is well known by the rank and file of the party in the constituency, following his longstanding cordial relationship and dedication to the works of the party not only in Kumasi, but also in the United Kingdom, where he currently resides. 

He urged his opponents to undertake their campaign devoid of mudslinging or character assassination since the contest is an internal competition.