In light of the unfortunate passing of Dr. John Kumah, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Ejisu Constituency, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has laid out a comprehensive plan for the forthcoming parliamentary primary.

This primary, crucial for the selection of a candidate for the imminent by-election, is slated for Saturday, April 13, 2024

This primary is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2024. It is important to choose a candidate for the upcoming by-election.

The late Dr. John Kumah

The sudden death of Dr. John Kumah on March 7, following a brief illness, has created a huge vacuum. His duties as Deputy Finance Minister and Member of Parliament at 45 were crucial.

The purpose of the upcoming by-election is to select a successor who will be able to carry on his legacy and the job he was so passionate about.

The NPP’s general secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, explained that getting nomination documents costs GH˖3,000 and is non-refundable. In addition, candidates must provide a GH˼35,000 filing fee to the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters in Accra via banker’s draft in order to complete the nomination.

Justin Kodua Frimpong

The nomination phase of the NPP will commence on April 2, 2024, and will be open to aspirants until April 4, 2024. Candidates must purchase and turn in nomination forms at the party’s constituency office during this time in order to formally indicate their intention.

The NPP has offered a 50% refund on filing fees for women, young people, and people with disabilities (PWDs), in an optimistic step.

The fee is now only GHʖ17,500, making participation more accessible to a wider range of individuals. The party defines “youth” as those who are between the ages of 18 and 40, to be clear.

Kwasi Nyantekyi

The NPP is well underway with its preparations, even though the Electoral Commission has not yet announced the date of the by-election. The previous president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwasi Nyantekyi, has publicly stated his desire to succeed the late John Kumah.

Within seven days of the vacancy occurring, the Clerk of Parliament is required by parliamentary protocol to notify the Electoral Commission. According to the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the commission is then given 30 to 60 days to hold a by-election, depending on the reason for the vacancy.

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