The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries have kicked off in constituencies with sitting MPs across the country ahead of the December polls.
In the lead-up to the primaries, there was a series of injunctions that characterised the vetting processes.
The party in 2023 elected parliamentary candidates in its orphan constituencies.
Some sitting MPs who are going on unopposed have been acclaimed in their various constituencies. Their counterparts declared their intentions not to seek re-elections, citing different reasons.
The decisions by these influential MPs, some political activists and stakeholders argue, will negatively affect the activities in Parliament.
Many new faces have emerged in the race, hoping to win the primaries to represent the constituencies they find themselves in.
The incumbent MPs who are also seeking re-elections are hopeful of winning the primaries to propel them to the 2024 general elections.
The party’s general secretary addressing journalists warned that violation of rules by party faithfuls, machomen [well-built] and delegates will not be countenanced.
Today’s primaries will witness the fall of some sitting MPs and the rise of new faces as the party’s parliamentary candidates, who will face off with their rivals in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), other candidates from other political parties and independent parliamentary candidates.