The Parliamentary Elections Committee of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the Northern region will today begin a two-day vetting of 22 aspiring candidates vying to represent the party in nine constituencies where the NPP has sitting Members of Parliament.
The NPP closed nominations last month and candidates who successfully filed their nomination forms are expected to appear before the committee for scrutiny.
The party’s Northern Regional Secretary, Alhaji Sibdow Alhassan Yakubu confirmed to THE CUSTODIAN that, the two-day vetting process will hopefully end tomorrow March 5, 2020 in Tamale.
Candidates from Bimbila, Savelugu, Tolon, Wulensi and the Nanton constituencies are expected to face the elections committee on day one of the vetting process.
However, the Members of Parliament for the Bimbila and Savelugu constituencies, Dominic Nitiwul and Alhaji Abdul Samed Gunu respectively are going into the elections unopposed.
Similarly, Deputy Majority Whip in Parliament and MP for Kpandai, Mathew Nyindam who is also going solo, will be the first to appear before the committee.
Aspirants of the keenly contested Yendi constituency will take turns to submit themselves before the vetting committee before the incumbent MP for Gushegu, Dr Ziblim Iddi and his two contenders, Mahama Osman and Hardi Adams would also have their time at the committee.
Furthermore, the three aspirants vying to unseat the incumbent legislator for Saboba, Charles Bintim, are last to appear before the committee to close the vetting process in the northern region.
Meanwhile, members of the Northern Region Parliamentary Elections Committee include Mr. Michael Omar Wardia (Chairman), National Organiser Sammy Awuku, Joseph Kawaja, NPP Northern Regional Chairman Mr. Baantima Mohammed Samba and Alhaji Sibdow Alhassan Yakubu.
Some bigwigs of the party participating in the forthcoming elections include; Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama, son of late Vice President, Aliu Mahama; Alhaji Baba Daney, Chattered Accountant and Deputy MASLOC CEO, Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama, all for Yendi
Others are Alhaji Kamaldeen Abudulai, Deputy National Communications Director for Nanton, Mr. Habib Iddrisu of the Free Zones Board for Tolon and Alhaji Jagbo Baako, a Tax Auditor at Ghana Revenue Authority also vying to unseat incumbent MP for Tolon.