Tamale, Jan 16, GNA – Four National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament in the Northern Region are standing unopposed while three aspiring candidates have been disqualified by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Those standing unopposed are Alhaji Iddrissu Haruna, Member of Parliament for Tamale South and Minister of Communications, Mr Abdulai Jibayati, MP for Chereponi, Mr Thomas Bukari MP for Saboba and Mr Ibrahim Tanko, MP for Yagba/Kubore.
Mr Yaw Gyan, National Organizer of the NDC, said this when he led a six- member NEC team to vet aspiring parliamentary candidates of the party in Tamale at the weekend.
He said some three aspiring candidates had also been disqualified because of some irregularities and inconsistencies in the filling of papers or their unwillingness to be truthful.
He mentioned those disqualified to include Mr Ibrahim Tanko of the Mion Constituency who he said was very inconsistent with the information he gave to the committee and that he could not also tell the true date of his birth.
Mr Iddrissu Ibrahim of the Yapei/Kwusugu constituency was disqualified on the grounds that he was not a card bearing member of the party and he also failed to complete filing his forms.
Mr Thomas Lomnan Japon, who intended standing on the ticket of the party the Bunkprugu, disqualified because in the 2008 elections he went against the rules of the party by deciding to go independent.
Mr Gyan said with the disqualification of the three persons the number of aspiring contestants for parliamentary seats on the ticket of the NDC in the region had been reduced from75 to 72.
He said the Kpandi,Yapei/Kwusugu, Kumbungu and Gambaga constituencies had problems with the list of their delegates and had been asked to come back with the delegates on Tuesday to rectify the situation.
He said the Yapei/Kwusugu constituency had a lot of funeral performances which were likely to affect the conduct of the primaries slated for January 21 and so the date for the holding the primaries had been shifted to January 24.
The National Organser warned that it was an offence for any candidate to camp delegates prior to the primaries and to also try to influence them by monetary inducements adding that anyone caught doing this would be sanctioned.