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NPP to dismiss MMDCEs who contributed to defeat of parliamentary candidates

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo has revealed that the NPP has identified some District Chief Executives and Municipal Chief Executives who campaigned against NPP parliamentary candidates and they will be dealt with in due cause.

Yaw Osafo Maafo was speaking in his capacity as Chair of a newly set-up committee to probe circumstances leading to the loss of many parliamentary seats in the December 7 elections.

At least 33 incumbent NPP MPs lost their seats in the just-ended elections, with about 21 of them being ministers and deputy ministers.

Aside the 33 MPs who lost their seats, a total of 41 incumbent MPs also lost the NPP primaries earlier this year and thus did not contest in the December 7 polls.

In total, the governing party will lost at least 78 legislators out of their 169 in the next Parliament. That means about 50% of all NPP MPs are not returning.

Yaw Osafo-Maafo has said the committee has established that some MCEs and DCEs contributed to the unfortunate outcomes of the election.
He said some DCEs and MCEs worked to undermine the efforts of certain parliamentary candidates.
“So far we realized that there are a lot of internal fishers, there are a lot of District Chief Executives, Municipal Chief Executives undermining parliamentary candidate, and they were even campaigning against them,” he stated.

According to him, “we have been able to identify some of them”, but was not willing to disclose the specific number until the investigation is completed.

Yaw Osafo Maafo further indicated that those who will be found culpable will be dismissed.

“They would definitely have to be thrown out, definitely, any DCE or MCE who considered it right to work against a parliamentary candidate has no business to represent the party in the district,” he said.

Although the constitution of the NPP does not indicate any sanction to individuals who may work against the party, Mr. Osafo-Maafo maintains the same will not apply to the issue at hand.

“You are dealing with the same party so if you are a DCE or MCE and your campaign against your parliamentary candidate, you have no business to be a DCE or MCE for the party,” he stressed.

Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo disclosed this after the party’s thanksgiving service held at the forecourt of the State House on Sunday in Accra.

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