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NPP suspends 380 polling station executives

Mr. Kumi, a former Ghana ambassador to Nigeria and Libya secured 387 votes as against 388 by Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh.

Mr. George Kumi, failed NPP parliamentary aspirant

The Sunyani East  Constituency executives of  New Patriotic Party has suspended about 380 Poling station executives for supporting Ambassador George Kumi who has declared to contest as an independent in the 2016 general elections.

Mr. Kumi, a former Ghana ambassador to Nigeria and Libya lost to the incumbent Member of Parliament, Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh during the party's primaries.

He polled 387 votes as against 388 by Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh.

Addressing the press in Sunyani on Monday, December 7 2015, said his decision to contest as an independent candidate in the 2016 elections came after several pleadings on him by the party’s supporters in the constituency.

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"I don’t want to betray the supporters who supported me and have been sacked from the party after the elections”, he stated.

"I know after this press conference I will be sacked from the party", Mr Kumi stated, encouraging his supporters not to be intimidated by the falsehood they would hear about him.

Mr Kumi who alleged vote rigging during the NPP primaries petitioned the Sunyani East Constituency Election Committee of the party and demanded that the Electoral Commission (EC) conduct a recount and forensic audit of the ballots.

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He said, "In spite of the rigging that characterized the party’s primaries in the constituency, I was able to divide the votes equally," adding that he had a better chance of winning the seat judging from his performance in the primaries.

In a letter dated December 12, 2015, and signed by the Constituency Secretary Samuel Ankobah Boamah, it stated that the polling station executives breached the party constitution of Article 4;7 Clause V, VI and VII for openly declaring their support for Mr George Kumi.

Below are letters written to the polling station executives

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