Boakye Agyarko, a candidate for the NPP presidency, withdraws from the run-off due to the Electoral College dispute.
Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, a candidate for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer position, has declared his decision to drop out of the impending run-off election in response to a recent revelation that only National Council members will be allowed to vote.
Following the NPP’s decision to hold its National Council meeting as an electoral college to break the tie between Agyarko and his rival Francis Addai Nimoh, who both finished fifth in the recently ended super delegate conference, Agyarko withdrew from the race.
Mr. Agyarko criticised the action in a letter to Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the NPP’s Chairman of the Presidential Elections Committee, claiming that the National Council’s selection of a small group of people to represent the larger group of 955 voters from the first round of voting last Saturday was unconstitutional. He added that creating a new electoral college would also be against the party’s charter.
The former energy minister expressed his alarm by saying, “I strongly reject the idea that such an unconstitutional act can be continued on the altar of expediency. The game’s rules being altered in the middle of it is outrageous.
He continued, “Rules and regulations that are flip-flopped in such a manner are only detrimental to fair play and justice. It is a clear violation of the party’s constitution and the guidelines for the Special Electoral College. It is an unconstitutional act which I cannot allow myself to be associated with.”
Given these objections, Mr. Agyarko concluded that he could not, in good conscience, participate in an electoral process that deviates from an initially agreed-upon procedure.
“I, therefore, respectfully serve this notice to refrain from such a contest. As always, I wish the party well,” Agyarko affirmed.