The Western Regional secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Charles Bissue, has indicated that as far as the region is concerned, all is set for the parliamentary primaries scheduled for today.
According to him, the primaries would however, not take place in five out of the 26 constituencies in the region.
He mentioned the five constituencies as Kwesimintim, Juaboso, Bia East, Bia West and Sefwi Akotombra.
He cautioned that no ‘macho men’ would be allowed at the various polling centres, adding that only the police would be in-charge of security.
In all, 48 party members picked forms to contest the primaries in the 26 constituencies.
In the Wassa East constituency, Wilson Arthur, Chief Executive Officer of Media Group in Takoradi, is going unopposed.
At Shama, Ato Panford and Ericson Abekah Samuel are contesting.
Andrew Agyapa Mercer, a legal practitioner and Joe Ghartey, second deputy speaker of parliament, are also contesting unopposed in Sekondi and Essikado-Ketan respectively.
At Effia, the sitting MP, Joseph Cudjoe, is the only candidate, while one Joe Mensah and Joe Baidoe-Ansah picked forms to contest at Kwesiminstim.
Alexander Agyekum, the incumbent MP, is also standing alone in the Mpohor constituency.
At Takoradi, the sitting MP, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, is also contesting unopposed.
Four candidates are running at Ahanta West. They are Kojo Kum, Kwesi Klutse, Kwesi Biney – former District Chief Executive (DCE) – and Kwesi Yankey.
At Tarkwa-Nsuaem, the incumbent, Gifty Eugenia-Kusi and George Mireku-Duker – former DCE for the area – are battling each other today.
There are eight contestants for the Prestea constituency, including Samuel Kwesi Arthur, Felix Kwame Quainoo, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Isaac Dramani, Bimpeh Yantsin Isaac, Samuel Blay, Lawrence Ellimah Blay and Samuel William Derby.
Five people are also flexing their muscles at Amenfi East namely, Michael Nketiah, Richard Boakye-Yiadom, Edward Amo-Ackwah, Edmund Afful and Stephen Baidoo, while one Dr Eric Magnus Wilmont and Patrick Ampoteng are challenging each other at Amenfi Central.
Samuel Adu Gyamfi and Kennedy Amoah-Mensah are the sole candidates for Aowin constituency and Bodi respectively.
A former minister of health, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, is contesting with Martin Bonye at the Sefwi Wiawso constituency, while Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu and Kingsley Adjei Manu are contesting at Bibiani.
At Jomoro, Paul Essien, Joseph Ehowia and Hopeson Paul Kwaw are challenging one another. Kwasi Bonzoh is the only aspirant for Ellembelle.
Catherine Abelema Afeku and Prof. Kwaku Sagary Nokoe are standing at Evalue Gwira, while Alex Tetteh and Fred Coffie also picked forms to contest at the Akontombra constituency.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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