Voting has commenced smoothly across all four Constituencies participating in the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Primaries in the Upper West Region
A total of 1,862 delegates are expected to cast their ballots to elect their Parliamentary candidates for the 2020 general election in December.
The Constituency breakdown include; Lawra Constituency, 457 delegates; Sissala West Constituency, 384 delegates; Sissala East Constituency, 449 delegates; and Wa East Constituency, 572 delegates
Mr Ambrose Dery, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nandom Constituency and the Minister for the Interior is the only incumbent MP going unopposed in the primaries in Upper West Region.
In the Wa East Constituency, three other candidates namely; Dr Yakubu Adama Sorikuon, Mr Baduon Nasirudeen and Mr Yakubu Salifu are battling it out with the incumbent MP, Mr Godfrey Bayon Tangu.
For the Sissala East Constituency, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister is seeking to unseat the incumbent MP, Mr Ridwan Abass
Mr Patrick Alhassan Adama, the incumbent MP for Sissala West Constituency is being challenged by two young men; Mr Salifu Baluwie Naliwie, a former District Chief Executive for Sissala West and Mr Luri Tia John Bosco, the Regional Youth Organiser of the party.
Mr Anthony Abaifaa Karbo, incumbent MP for the Lawra Constituency and Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways is also being challenged by Mr Bilson Dontaah.
Voting is expected to end at 1300 hours GMT for counting to take place and subsequent declaration of results.
Voting started exactly 0700 hours in Tumu in the Sissala East Constituency, where delegates are to select among the incumbent Ridwan Abass and the Deputy Upper West regional minister.
As at 0715 hours at the stadium residential area, five delegates had voted out of 11. At the zongo Extension at 0730 six out of 16 had cast their ballots. At Nanyua polling station as at 0740 all 11 had voted.
When the GNA visited the Tumu community centre as at 0745, seven out of 11 had voted.
At Kusinjan as at 0800 hours, delegates were voting with 12 out of 20 done with voting, while at the constituency party office as at 0845 hours, 17 out of 27 had voted.
Materials were available and at all the centres security officials were seen and no issue was reported.
In officials and delegates were seen observing the covid-19 protocols.
Mr Charles Oteng-Bonsra the Municipal electoral officer said there was no incident and by 0948 some of the centres had already finished.