Parliament of Ghana

NPP to sack MMDCEs who contributed to defeat of parliamentary candidates

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has revealed plans to deal with persons who contributed to the party’s loss of parliamentary seats during the December 7 polls.

The party has since set up a committee to evaluate the circumstances that led to the unexpected results.

This comes after 33 incumbent NPP legislators lost their seats in the just-ended elections to rivals in the opposition NDC.

Chairman of the Committee, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, revealed that some Municipal Chief Executives (MCE) and District Chief Executives (DCE) contributed to the defeat of the party’s parliamentary candidates.

He said such MCEs and DCEs have been identified by the Committee and will be dismissed as a consequence.

“So far we realized that there are a lot of internal fishers, there are a lot of District Chief Executives, Municipal Chief Executives were undermining parliamentary candidate, and they were even campaigning against them,” Mr. Osafo-Maafo told Joy News.

“They would definitely have to be thrown out, definitely, any DCE or MCE who considered it right to work against a parliamentary candidate has no business to represent the party in the district,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo successfully secured a second term as President after garnering over 6.7 million votes in the December 7 polls.

The 76-year-old, who contested as the NPP’s presidential candidate, won the election after polling 51.30% of the total votes cast.

His main rival, John Mahama of the opposition NDC also managed to poll 47.36% of the total votes cast.

However, there was very little to separate the NPP and NDC in the parliamentary polls, with a hung parliament on the cards.

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As it stands, the NPP and NDC are deadlocked on 137 parliamentary seats apiece, while one seat is held by an independent candidate.

Source: Pulse Ghana

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