The National Democratic Congress has scheduled the vetting in the Parliamentary primaries in the Ashanti region for today and Wednesday at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council in Kumasi.
Ninety-seven members of the party who completed and filed their nomination documents in their quest to contest in the party’s November 7 nation-wide primaries are facing stiff contest.
Some of the aspirants are going unopposed.
The aspirants who are from more than 40 Constituencies in the region, have been grouped into seven batches with the vetting of aspirants in each batch slated to last for two hours.
A statement signed by the Regional Secretary of the Party, Raymond Tannor and issued to the media said the first batch to go through the vetting will involve aspirants from the Offinso North, Ejura, Ahafo Ano North, Afigya Kwabre North, Ahafo Ano South West and South East and will last from 9am to 11 am.
Vetting in the Ashanti region was postponed for one week for an unknown reason.
The statement asked all the aspirants to attend the vetting with their party membership cards, certified letter from their Branch Secretary and Chairman, three copies of the Curriculum Vitae and any other document considered relevant to the screening process.
It asked all the Regional Executives, Constituency Chairmen, Secretaries, Organizers, Youth Organizers and Women Organizers to take part in the vetting. Meanwhile, all the four NDC incumbent MPs in the Ashanti region are being contested.
They are the MPs for Sekyere Afram Plains, Ahafo Ano North and New Edubiase. The party lost the Ejura Constituency in the 2012 Parliamentary elections.
The aspiring MPs to be vetted include the Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter Anarfi-Mensah who is contesting the for the Ahafo Ano North Constituency, the Managing Director of the State Housing Company, Dr. Samuel Sarpong at Nhyiaeso, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu at Atwima Mponua, Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Samuel Yaw Edusei at Bantama as well as Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Alexander Ackon for Obuasi West.
The Deputy Chief of Staff, Jonny Osei Kofi is contesting unopposed at Oforikrom in Kumasi.