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About 5,000 delegates of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) will decide who should lead them as executives of the party in the regions for the next four years.

The executives to be selected are also expected to lead the party to the crucial 2016 general elections which many see as a ?make or break? affair.

The party?s Director in charge of Elections, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah said they secured voting centres for all the 10 regions for the all important exercise.

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Kwaku Frimpong ? Youth Organizer Ash Region

He said 267 people were vying for 100 positions with the regional chairman and general secretary among the ones hotly pursued, but admitted that the number of women in the contest was not that high.

?The women who have taken up the challenge are around 48 to 50. A good number of them picked up forms but some did not submit,? he said.

Mr. Agyei Mensah Korsah said that about 5000 delegates from the 275 constituencies were expected to participate in the exercise and also added that proxy votes were going to be allowed.

He said ?the Electoral Commission Officials are ready in the regions. Ballot papers are already being distributed and the accreditation process is on course.?

The fallouts

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Nana Fredua Ofori-Atta, 2nd Vice Chairman, ER

He said two constituencies in the Greater Accra Region, Krowor and Okaikoi South might not be able to participate in the exercise because there was a dispute which ended up in court.

He also mentioned that Atwima Kwanwoma, Ejisu and Manhyia North and Nsuta Kwamang Beposo constituencies in the Ashanti Region were also not participating due to similar court actions or other issues.

Mr. Agyei Mensah Korsah said Keta and Wa East constituencies in the Volta and Upper West regions respectively were also not taking part in the exercise.

?Once a member takes the party to court, we (NPP) would not have control over the issues unless the parties agree to settle the issue out-of-court.?

Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah

Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah ? Youth Organiser ER

Mr. Agyei Mensah Korsah said it was wrong for anybody to label the impending exercise as an Akufo-Addo-Alan contest, since the party had moved beyond what he called ?such petty squabbles? saying, ?these kinds of things are being said by our detractors and people who clearly do not have the NPP at heart.?

Permutations

Apart from the constituency executive members who are entitled to vote, the delegates list for each region also include Members of Parliament, 10 patrons from the region and 10 members of the regional Council of Elders.

Also, every tertiary institution with a Tertiary Students Confederation (TESCON) branch would be represented by one member, 35 National Council members and the living founding fathers that were present at the time the party was being registered at the EC.

From Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, Stephen Zoure reports that, 32 aspirants will vie for the various positions at Radach Memorial Centre in Tamale.

All 528 delegates including 16 each from the 31 constituencies of the region, the 10 elected Members of Parliament, 10 patrons of the party, 10 council of elders and two National Executive Committee members were expected to vote.

National Executive Committee member of the party who also serves as a Regional Election Committee member, Hajia Elizabeth Salamatu Forgor, said adequate preparations had been made for a smooth regional congress.

Regions

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Kingsley Karikari-Bondzie ? 2nd Vice CR

From Cape Coast in the Central Region, Sarah Afful reports that the regional elections is expected to go on at the Swedru Town Hall.

In all, 31 candidates are vying for the various positions. The Chairmanship is a straight fight between Robert Kuteng and Kumi Bruce while incumbents Kwamena Duncan and Agyei Baffuor are contesting for secretary and organizer respectively.

From Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo capital, Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako reports that all is set for 530 delegates to elect nine regional executives at the Pastoral Centre in Sunyani.

Regional Secretary Alfred Ofori Annye told DAILY GUIDE that a total of 31 candidates were contesting for the nine available slots which are the Regional Chairmanship, First Vice Chairmanship, Second Vice Chairmanship, Regional Secretary, Regional Organiser, Regional Women?s Organiser, Regional Youth Organiser, Regional Treasurer and Nasara Coordinator.

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Efo Filipa Nyaho-Dati ? 1st Vice VR

The Electoral College is made up of 16 delegates from each of the 29 constituencies in the region, 15 regional executive members, 13 MPs in the region, 10 members of the Council of Elders, 10 patrons, six TESCON members, four representatives of the National Council, and 10 founding members of the party.

The Regional Chairmanship is perhaps the keenly contested, where the incumbent, Kwaku Asoma-Cheremeh, is battling three others namely, Kwadwo Yeboah Fordjour, a former Chairman and Kwame Twumasi-Awuah, a former Sunyani MCE and Kwaku Adjei.

Three persons namely, Thomas Adu Appiah, Paul Oko, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi and J.Y. Appiah, former GALCA Chairman, are contending for the First Vice Chairmanship position.

The Second Vice Chairmanship position has Kusi Duah, Kwadwo Aidoo and Joseph Mensah battling for the slot, while Alfred Ofori Annye, the incumbent Regional Secretary is also being challenged by Yaw Dwomoh.

NPP Declare

Another keenly contested position is the Women?s Organiser slot which has the incumbent, Justina Owusu-Banahene being challenged by her predecessor, Felicia Adomah, who wants to stage a comeback and Madam Ama Amponsah, a business tycoon.

Kofi Darko, former regional organiser, is also staging a comeback, but he is being contested by Ali Maigah and two others.

Kofi Ofosu Boateng, the current Communications director, is giving up that position to go for the Deputy Regional Secretary with Jephter Appau.

The incumbent Regional Youth Organiser, Nana Sekyere Boateng, is also facing stiff opposition from three others namely Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye DC, Michael Osei Boateng and Gausu Baba Mohammed.

From Takoradi in the Western Region, Emmanuel Opoku reports that 32 candidates are contesting for 10 executive positions in today?s regional elections which will take place at the plush auditorium of the Takoradi Polytechnic (T-Poly).

In all, 500 delegates will cast their ballot and the highly coveted regional chairmanship position is the one to watch out for.

Three party stalwarts in the region, Dickson Attah-Nketsiah, Joseph Edward Payne, both businessmen and the incumbent Regional Chairman, Nana Owusu Ankomah are contesting for that position.

I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., reports from Kumasi that about 820 delegates will converge at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to vote for 37 contestants vying for 10 positions.

Perhaps, it is the region that has hit the headlines of late where the Chairmanship position has become a straight fight between Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi and four-time MP for Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo and a former Deputy Attorney General, Kwame Osei Prempeh.

From Ho in Volta Region, Fred Duodu reports that 330 delegates will meet at the auditorium of the Ho Polytechnic to elect regional executives.

The 35 contestants concluded their campaigns on Thursday and are expecting keen contests.

Former Volta Regional Minister, Kwasi Owusu-Yeboa, former Hohoe District Chief Executive, John Peter Amewu, and a retired Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Julius Kwami Ametefe, are rocked in a fierce battle for the Regional Chairmanship position. The incumbent Ken Nuworso is not seeking re-election.

Twenty-nine contestants, including four females, are vying for the 10 positions in the Upper West Region, according to Stephen Zoure.

Tony Tamah Abu Ibrahim, the Secretary of the Upper West Regional Electoral Committee said the groundwork had been completed and all is set for 255 delegates from the 11 constituencies in the region to elect their executives.

From Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Rocklyn Antonio reports that the party will converge at Bedtime Hotel, Koforidua and 24 out of the 25 contestants, including two women, who filed their nominations, had been cleared by the Regional Election Committee.

Yaw Gyekye Amoabeng, a former Regional Chairman who wanted a comeback pulled out last week, leaving incumbent Chairman, Dr Samuel Yaw Annoh and Kinston Kissi, a former Member of Parliament for Akwatia to lug it out.

The Greater Accra Regional contest is set for the Tema WAEC where about 500 delegates are expected to vie for 10 positions.

In Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ebo Bruce-Quansah reports that a total of 275 delegates from the 15 constituencies in the region will participate in the selection of regional executives.

There would also be seven delegates from Tertiary Students Confederation (TESCON). Two patrons of the party as well as the only two NPP MPs: Boniface Gambilla of Nabdam and Robert Doameng Mosore of Telensi constituency will all participate in the exercise.

By William Yaw Owusu

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