NPP to elect parliamentary candidates via electronic voting

John Boadu
John Boadu, General Secretary, NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) may hold its parliamentary primaries online if the coronavirus pandemic does not end anytime soon.

According to the Director of Research and Elections of the NPP, Evans Nimako, the party is considering proposals to elect the remaining 161 candidates in areas with sitting members of parliament, via electronic voting.

The party was scheduled to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries on April 25, but suspended it indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this month, the NPP came out to deny reports that it had decided to go ahead with the process despite the ban on social gatherings.

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It said in a statement that the decision taken at the last Steering Committee meeting to indefinitely postpone the elections was still in force.

“The party has, till date, not met at any level, to review this position following the President’s decision to lift the partial lockdown imposed on some major cities in the country. And, as the party has always done, if any such decision is taken, same will be communicated,” the statement said.

Mr Nimako has said that if the current proposal is accepted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, there would be an electronic process, where all delegates will vote with their unique numbers.

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He said if deployed, e-voting would minimize the risk as delegates would not need to converge at voting centres as they could easily vote in the comfort of their homes or at the constituency secretariat using their mobile phones.

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