On Saturday, August 26, 2023, a significant event unfolded as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) conducted its highly anticipated super delegates voting across all regions of Ghana.
The bustling city of Sekondi-Takoradi was no exception to this democratic spectacle, where the party's conference was held within the premises of the Takoradi Technical University auditorium.
At 11:45 AM, a bustling crowd had gathered outside the auditorium, creating a dynamic atmosphere as people moved about. The ongoing election added to the fervor of the scene. The entrance was a focal point, where a police presence had established itself, rigorously verifying individuals before granting entry.
Consequently, the media found themselves barred from accessing the heart of the event, the auditorium.
Amidst an air of anticipation and civic engagement, ten notable candidates hailing from the NPP stepped onto the political ballot paper, vying for the coveted position in the presidential race.
The ultimate objective was to whittle down this roster to five candidates, who would then proceed to the next round of voting scheduled for November.
The Sekondi-Takoradi chapter of this electoral process proved to be a microcosm of the larger contest. Dr. Bawumiah emerged as a frontrunner in the city, amassing an impressive 31 votes in the presidential primaries. However, the results were diverse, with the other candidates experiencing varying levels of support.
Honorable Joe Ghartey secured just 1 vote, while Kwadwo Poku, Kwabena Agyapon, and Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku unfortunately failed to garner any votes in this initial round.
Among the ten contenders who threw their hats into the political ring, it was evident that Dr. Bawumiah had garnered significant momentum. His lead in the voting tallies showcased his appeal to the delegates, who saw in him the qualities and vision they believed were crucial for the party's future.
As the results were unveiled, it became clear that while Dr. Bawumiah led the charge, the other contenders displayed unity by rallying behind him. This gesture signaled a collective commitment to the party's success, even as the process continued to narrow down the field of potential presidential candidates.
The super delegates voting in Sekondi-Takoradi thus played an essential role in shaping the trajectory of the NPP's presidential race. With Dr. Bawumiah emerging as the standout frontrunner in this regional context, and the other candidates pledging their support, the NPP's journey to the upcoming November round of voting had truly begun in earnest.
By 12:15 PM, the once-teeming crowd began to disperse, and a sense of relative calm settled over the area. The steady stream of cars indicated that delegates were gradually departing, having fulfilled their roles.
These vehicles arrived to transport selected delegates, and amidst this activity, Joe Ghartey made a grand entrance in his car. The crowd greeted him with exuberant cheers, creating a cacophony of excitement.
By 1:25 PM, the much-awaited results were unveiled, creating ripples of anticipation and reaction through the remaining crowd.
The announcement marked a significant juncture in the day's proceedings, adding a layer of excitement to an already charged atmosphere.
EC CERTIFIED NPP WESTERN REGIONAL SUPER DELEGATES RESULTS.
1. Mahamadu Bawumia- 31
2. Alan kyerematen -7
3. Dr. Afriyie Akoto - 3
4. Hon. Kennedy Agyapong -3
5. Hon. Joe Ghartey - 1
6. Kwadwo Nsafoa - 0
7. Kwabena Agyapong- 0
8. Francis Addai - Nimoh - 0
9. Konadu Apraku -0
10. Boakye Agyarko-0
Total vote 45.
SUMMARY OF THE TOTAL VOTES IN ALL THE 16 REGIONS ( provisional)
1. Dr. Bawumia = 629 = 67.9%
2. Kennedy Agyapong = 132 = 14. 3%
3.Alan Kyeremanten = 95 = 10.3%
4. Dr. Afriyie Akoto = 40 = 4.3%
5. Addai Nimo = 09 = 0.09%
6. Boakye Agyarko= 09 = 0.09%
7. Kwabena Adjei = 06 = 0.06%
8. Kwakdwo Poku Nsafoa = 03 = 0.03%
9. Joe Ghartey = 03 = 0.03%
10. Konadu Apraku = 0 = 0%
At 2:50 PM, the vetting process within the auditorium reached its conclusion.
Policemen diligently accompanied politicians to their waiting cars, ensuring their safe exit from the premises.
With the eventful day coming to a close, a sense of closure descended upon the location, leaving behind memories of fervent interactions and the unmistakable energy of a political event in full swing.