The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has postponed its parliamentary primaries in constituencies with sitting members of parliament which was intended take place 25th April until further notice.
The Party said the decision to put the elections on hold comes as a result of the negative impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country with 636 cases recorded.
The decision automatically affects the Presidential primaries in which President Akuffo-Addo will go unopposed.
The NPP in a statement signed by the General Secretary John Boadu Tuesday, April 14 said the decision to suspend the primaries is in adherence to President Akufo-Addo’s ban on social gathering and other directives.
“The decision to suspend the primaries was taken by the party at a National Steering Committee meeting held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, to conform with the President’s ban on social gatherings as part of national efforts towards the containment of the COVID-19 epidemic.”
President Akuffo-Addo in his 6th address to the nation on Thursday, 9th April by another Executive Instrument (EI) extended the partial lockdown by for one week.
The President also extended the ban on social gathering by two more weeks which affects the date scheduled for the NPP’s primaries.
According to the statement, the decision forms part of measures to stem the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic.
“In the light of this development, the party is unable to hold the primaries as planned, and has accordingly postponed same till further notice. The party regrets all inconveniences that this may occasion, and hopes to hold this crucial exercise, sooner than later,” the statement concluded.