Disqualified or defeated parliamentary candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who are nursing the ambition of contesting the 2020 polls as independent face expulsion from the party.
Posters of a number of disgruntled members of the NPP who were disqualified during vetting prior to last Saturday’s parliamentary primaries have emerged on social media suggesting they would still go ahead to contest as independent candidates.
Prominent among them is Joy Joycelyn Andoh in the Tarkwa Nsueam Constituency of the Western Region.
Another person is Member of Parliament (MP) of the Fomena Constituency, Hon. Andrews Amoako Asiamah, who entered the legislature on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016 among others.
But National Organizer of the party Sammi Awuku has told MyNewsGh.com that these persons risk being expelled from the party if they fail to back down on their decision to go independent.
“There are a lot of sanctions against such persons. One of it is forfeiting your membership or expulsion from the party”, he revealed.
Meanwhile, the leadership has warned it would physically prevent persons who were either disqualified or defeated to go independent.
“Anyone who picked forms to contest the primaries- which is a process from the opening of nomination, picking of forms to the day of the election and after the election is expected to abide by the rules of the primaries. If along the line you were not successful during vetting or the election, and you disregard reconciliation process to be embarked on by a team led by the Regional Chairman and Regional Council of elders, and still goes ahead to contest as Independent Candidate upon all these, it means you have breached the constitution of the party which we will immediately chase you out of the party,” Eastern Regional Secretary Jeff Konadu said.