Only three women are among a total of 37 contestants who have filed to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primaries in 20 out of the 22 constituencies in the Volta Region in preparation for the 2012 general elections.
Mr George Kofi Boateng, NPP Volta Regional Secretary, speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Friday, gave the names of the women as Comfort Atta, a teacher based in Accra for Biakoye Constituency, Janet Emefa Oburo-Adibo, Administrator at Saint Francis College of Education at Hohoe for Hohoe-North and Sena Apawu, a Clearing Agent for North-Dayi.
He said there will be no contest in Anlo, Ave-Avenor, Central and North Tongu, Ketu-South and North, Ho-East and West and Nkwanta-North, which is the only NPP Parliamentary seat in the Volta Region, with Joseph Kwaku Nayan as the Member of Parliament (MP).
Some of the notable candidates for the Primaries are; Ernest Gaewu, a Ho-based Lawyer for the Ho-West Constituency, Ken Anku, also a Lawyer, for North-Dayi and Dr Archibald Letsa, Medical Practitioner and Businessman, Ho-Central, who were both candidates in the 2008 elections.
The others are Nicholas Ahiadorme, Charles Gyato, Joseph Denteh, former District Chief Executives for the North-Tongu, Krachi-East and Nkwanta-South respectively.
A noticeable trend is that eight constituency executives are also in the race.
Mr Boateng said going by the NPP constitution, executives of the Party who picked up forms were deemed to have automatically resigned their positions.
He dismissed as erroneous the notion that the NPP was a failed party in the Volta Region, where it managed to pick up an average of about 15 per cent of votes cast in the past five elections since 1992.
Mr Boateng said on the contrary, votes for the NPP in both parliamentary and presidential ballots had increased with every election and that the elections in 2012 would follow that trend.
At the close of nominations, no forms were picked in the Keta and Hohoe-South constituencies.