NDC sells flag-bearer slot to highest bidder …Aspirants to cough GHC400k for filing fees

 

Newly-elected national executives of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have decided to make money from the 13 flag-bearer aspirants who want to lead the party in the 2020 polls, Today can report.

Consequently, the party’s national executives council (NEC) at a press conference in Accra yesterday resolved that all those wanting to become the party’s flag-bearer for the 2020 election must be prepared to pay a staggering amount of GH¢400,000 as filing fee in order to partake in the contest.

Additionally, the party’s presidential hopefuls will have to cough out GHC20,000 to pick their forms to contest in the race scheduled for January 19, 2019.

However, the amount will be halved for women and aspirants with physical disabilities.

Female candidates will pay 50 per cent less (GH¢200,000) of the filing fee whilst there is an additional reduction for aspirants with physical disabilities (GH¢150,000).

The nomination, according to the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who addressed the media, will be opened on Monday, December 3, 2018 and Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

The aspirants who will pick the nomination forms he said, would have to file them on December 13 and 14, 2018.

Mr Asiedu Nketia explained each aspirant is supposed to get two people to endorse the nomination in each constituency.

This means a total of 558 signatures are needed for each aspirant.

 

“There should be three proposers, five seconders and the qualification criteria is in line with what is recommended by 1992 constitution for the office of president except that an aspirant must be a member of the NDC for more 10 years and contributed to the building of the party,” he said .

He indicated that a 7-member committee will vet the aspirants and the winner would have to obtain valid votes of 50 per cent plus one and that proxy voting would not be entertained.

“There will be a total of 276 voting centres across the country,” he added.

The election which was originally scheduled for December 7, 2018, was put on hold to allow the newly elected national officers some time to plan for the presidential primaries.

The NDC, a couple of weeks ago, went to congress and elected new national officers led by Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, to steer its affairs for the next four years.

The congress, which started on Saturday, November 17, 2018 ended in the wee hours last Monday, making it the most enduring it has organised in history.

Over 9,000 delegates participated in that election but this number is expected to shoot up significantly for the presidential primary which has been opened to all executives in the party right from the branch, constituency, regional and national levels.

Apart from the executives, former appointees who served in government while the NDC was in power and founder members of the party, will also be taking part in the primary.

Some 12 aspirants including former President, John Dramani Mahama, and several of his appointees, have expressed their intent to contest the presidential primary.

 

 

 

Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI

Writer’s email: kwaku.boadi@todaygh.com

 

 

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