The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidates have all filed their nomination forms to secure majority seats on December 7, 2020 for the party in the next Parliament.
Among those who successfully filed their nominations were Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and MP for Nalerigu/Gambaga Hajia Alima Mahama, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and MP for Akwapim South O. B. Amoah, MP for Okere Dan Botwe and MP for Ofoase/Ayirebi Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
All the NPP candidates filed amidst enthusiasm and high optimism to retain and recapture additional seats for the governing party, particularly in the two most populous areas of Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
For instance, NPP currently has 44 out of the 47 seats in Ashanti region and the target now is to capture all the seats in a strategy known as “Agenda 47/47” in the 2020 polls.
Similarly, the governing party has repositioned itself to canvass more votes to wrest additional parliamentary seats for the party in the Greater Accra Region.
The NPP holds 21 out of 34 seats in Greater Accra and the target is to win at least 24 in the region that has the highest voter population in the country.
At a two-day workshop held for 34 constituency chairmen of the NPP in the region at Aburi last year, the party strategically assessed its performance in the 2016 elections and set objectives for 2020 polls.
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Devine Otoo Agorhom, believed strongly that unity was key to achieving the targeted seats.
He advised the chairmen to build on the structures inherited from the previous executives of the party, thereby renewing and strengthening the structures of the party.
Mr Agorhom was optimistic that, “giving the excellent performance of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government and the sacrifices we have made,” the governing NPP will achieve its target at the polls.
The party, according to information gathered, is working hard to improve on both the presidential results with a target of about 60% in 2020 up from 53.83% in 2016 for President Nana Akufo-Addo and parliamentary seats.
NPP currently has 169 seats in Parliament and it has projected to win at least 180 seats in the eighth parliament of the fourth republic.
This is because the governing party’s executives are working hard in all the regions to capture additional seats in the upcoming general election.