The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has postponed indefinitely its impending parliamentary primaries, originally scheduled to come off on April 25.
According to a statement signed by the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, the primaries, which were to be held in constituencies occupied by NPP parliamentarians, have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to suspend the primaries was taken by the party’s National Steering Committee at a meeting held on Tuesday.
“The National Steering Committee, by reason of Article 10(10) (1) of the party’s constitution, is the body responsible for overseeing the daily management of the party, and thus, mandated to ‘act on behalf of the party on urgent matters’ such as in the circumstances we find ourselves as a party and nation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in the statement.
He added, “It would, indeed, be recalled that the President of the Republic, on April 12, 2020, extended, pursuant to EI 64, the ban on social gathering including religious and political activities by additional two weeks. i.e. from April 12 to April 26, 2020, as part of measures to stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the country.”
The party expressed regrets about the inconveniences the postponement might have caused “and hopes to hold this crucial exercise, sooner than later.”