Kasapafmonline.com can report that one of the three candidates in the upcoming NPP Klottey Korle Parliamentary primary re-run slated for Saturday Feb. 27, will certainly opt out of the race.
The largest opposition party is holding a re-run of the polls after an Accra High court dismissed an application by the embattled candidate, Nii Noi Nortey who had asked the court to set aside a default judgment for a rerun of the primaries.
The election held on August 2, 2015 was won by Nii Nortey to represent the party in the 2016 Parliamentary elections for the area, but two other aspirants Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah challenged the credibility of the election results in court demanding annulment of the results.
The party in an attempt to settle the matter at a NEC meeting, after Dr Opoku Adusei asked for the impasse to be settled using the party’s internal mechanisms and proposed a re-run of the election, which Valentino Nii Noi Nortey strongly objected to.
This development left the party with no option than to wash its hands off the case and allow the court to determine which way to go.
The NPP is has said it’s confident that this re-run will settle the impasse that has characterized the primary and bring lasting peace to Klottey Korle.
However Kasapafmonline.com has learnt that a new development may affect the elections in the constituency slated for this weekend.
The Director of Elections of the NPP, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah in an interview on Okay FM, revealed that one of the contestants has informed him he intends to boycott the election, though he failed to name the person.
“There is a new development, the album to be used for the election should have been ready by now and the notice of poll should have been out today. But one of the contestants has told me after I met all three few days ago that he intends to pull out of the race. I’m waiting for the official communication to that effect”.
He added: “This latest move has changed the entire arrangements because if he claims he’ll not contest and the notice of polls is not yet out and he doesn’t want his name to appear on the ballot, it is only fair that you grant him that, we can leave his name on the ballot though, but if we want to take it off, we have to go and re-arrange the whole ballot and print it again. So the 27th date remains but these are the few issues we have to clear before the polls”.