In 13 of the Upper East Region’s 15 constituencies, 49 members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have successfully selected nomination papers to run in the next parliamentary primaries.
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According to a letter from the NDC National Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwettey, the party has postponed the primaries in the Pusiga and Binduri constituencies.
14 of the region’s 15 parliamentary seats are now held by the NDC. Although the party won the Binduri constituency’s presidential election, internal disputes caused it to lose the legislative seat to the NPP, which is currently in power.
Two incumbent Members of Parliament (MP) — Cletus Avoka, MP for Zebilla, and Benson Tongo Baba, MP for Talensi — did not choose nomination forms to run for re-election out of the 13 seats.
Dr. Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South, and Akanvariba Lydia Lamisi, MP for Tempane, are the only incumbent MPs who are running unopposed because no party member collected candidacy papers to challenge either of them at the close of nomination.
Awog-Badek Simon is challenging James Agalga, the sitting MP in the Builsa North Constituency.
Sampson Tangombu Chiragia, the MP for Navrongo Central, will square off against four other party veterans. Simon Akibange Aworigo, Stanislaus Alu Kadingdi, Pius Ayemva Avio, and Dr. Jacob Paarechuga Anankware are the other candidates.
In the Chiana-Paga constituency, four people will compete. They are Francis Atayure Abirigo, Raphael Aopaari Alijina, Nikyema Billa Alamzy, and incumbent Dalu Thomas Addah.
Thomas Clarkson Akurugu is challenging outspoken MP Isaac Adongo in the Bolgatanga Central constituency, while Dr. Emmanuel Abeere-Inga is challenging Dr. Dominic Akuritinga Ayine in the Bolgatanga East constituency.
The incumbent is one of five candidates lining up to compete in the Bongo constituency’s parliamentary primary. A former Upper East Regional Minister, Professor Avea Ephriam Nsoh, Dr. Rainer Akumperigya, Wahabu Mohammed, Charles Bawaduah, and Amos Atanga Atia will compete against incumbent Edward Abambire Bawa.
The current MP in the Nabdam constituency is up against two other candidates in a three-horse contest. Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane, the incumbent, Francis Sampana Zuure, and Lamtiig Abugri Apanga, a private attorney, are the contenders.
The incumbent, Mahama Ayariga, is competing in the Bawku Central parliamentary primary against three other candidates: Alhassan Akologo Amadu, Ustarz Jibreel Sa-ad, and Theo Braimah Awanzam.
Albert Akuka Alaalzuuga, the incumbent, Mbawini George Akudugu, and Dr. Thomas Winsum Anabah are the candidates in the Garu constituency.
Zebilla and Talensi constituencies in the entire region produced the most candidates for the upcoming primary. Nine people have chosen nomination forms to run for the Talensi constituency, compared to seven who are running in the Zebilla district.