Accra, Aug. 31, GNA - The New Patriotic Party’s special delegate’s congress that started at 0700 hours on Sunday at the party’s headquarters centre has ended with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the party’s 2012 presidential candidate leading with 65 votes.
Mr Alan Kyeremanteng, the closest contender had seven votes whilst Mr Kofi Konadu Apraku and Mr Osei Ameyaw had two votes each.
Mr Asamoah Boateng managed one vote whereas Mr Francis Addai-Nimoh and Mr Joe Ghartey zero.
Ten more centres are yet to declare their results while the overall results are expected to be declared by 1700 hours.
Ninety-one people were expected to vote at the Party’s national headquarters centre but only 77 cast their votes and there were no spoilt ballots, according to Electoral Commission officials.
About 787 delegates are expected to votes in the Special Delegates Congress in 11 polling centres in the 10 regional capitals and the national headquarters.
The exercise is to cut down the number of presidential hopefuls from seven to five as required by the party’s constitution.
About 140, 000 delegates are to vote at a later date in October to choose the flagbearer for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr Owusu Boateng, External Branch Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Italy urged the leadership of the party to develop guidelines to prevent the emergence of splinter groups and forestall future division.