Mark Okraku Mantey, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts, has expressed his interest in running for the parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Ayensuano, a district in the Eastern Region of Ghana. In an interview with Ike De Unpredictable on Angel 96.1FM in Kumasi, Mantey shared that he has learned from previous election losses and is eager to take on the challenge of representing the constituency. He explained, “We lost the last election because something went wrong. Research showed that the people didn’t like our candidate due to certain utterances and attitude but we didn’t pay attention and still put him up for elections which the people punished us for by voting us out.” Mantey believes that a new face is needed to vie for the seat, and he is confident in his abilities to make a difference if he is elected as a Member of Parliament. The NPP has scheduled the presidential primaries for November 4, 2023, and the parliamentary primaries for February 24, 2024. Mantey will have the opportunity to file for the nomination between December 20, 2023, and January 4, 2024.