Polls: NPP bans use of mobile phones in preparation for today’s parliamentary candidate elections

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In constituencies with incumbent Members of Parliament from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the party has implemented specific guidelines, including a ban on the use of mobile phones at the 105 polling centers nationwide.

The announcement of this prohibition was made by Mr. Justin Frimpong Kodua, the party’s General Secretary, during an interview on Accra-based Asempa FM on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Mr Kodua emphasised that delegates are not allowed to bring mobile phones into the polling areas, and the police overseeing security at these centers have been instructed to enforce this restriction.

The rationale behind the mobile phone ban is twofold.

Firstly, it aims to prevent delegates from taking pictures of their cast ballots, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the voting process.

Secondly, the measure seeks to minimise incidents of vote-buying, both during and after the polls, by restricting communication and potential coordination among delegates.

Mr Kodua underscored that the primary goal is to curb inducement tactics during the elections.

Despite the mobile phone restriction, he assured that the electoral process will proceed in all polling stations, excluding the Mampong Constituency and two others facing pending court cases.

Notably, he mentioned that the issue in the Nyieso Constituency has been addressed, and polls will proceed as planned.

Mr Kodua emphasised that there were no foreseen delays in the electoral process and called on stakeholders to collaborate to ensure a smooth and efficient exercise.

He stated, “For now, I can tell you for sure that our primaries will come off on Saturday. Everything is set. Election materials including ballot papers and other accoutrements are ready to be transported.”

The party has cleared 326 parliamentary aspirants for the primaries, which aim to elect candidates in constituencies where the NPP currently has sitting Members of Parliament (MPs).

Out of the 373 aspirants who initially filed for the primaries, 29 are running unopposed, 11 were disqualified, two were referred to the National Executive Committee (NEC), two withdrew, one submitted an incomplete form, and two did not attend vetting. This leaves 326 qualified aspirants to participate in the primaries.

In terms of security arrangements, the NPP has announced that the Ghana Police Service will take full responsibility during the polls. Mr. Kodua reiterated that no private security personnel or machinery would be allowed at the election grounds, emphasising that those violating this directive would face consequences from the police.

The party is committed to ensuring a secure and fair electoral process as it selects its parliamentary candidates.

Meanwhile, the eligible voters for today’s are: Polling Station Executives – 5

Constituency Executives – 17

Council of Elders & Patrons – 5

Founding Member (If Any) –

MP – 1

Source: Classfmonline.com/Cecil Mensah

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