10 NDC aspirants withdraw from race

As the much trumpeted National Democratic Con-gress’ (NDC) national delegates’ congress gathers momentum, snippets of information gathered by this paper indicates that about en aspirants have withdrawn from the race and more might follow in the coming days.

At least two others have been disqualified at the ongoing vetting of the aspirants.

About 4,000 delegates of the party would be at the congress to elect its national executives in Kumasi on Saturday, December 20. The delegates would further approve some amendment to the NDC’s constitution.

At the close of nominations last week, 104 aspirants had filed to contest for 29 elected positions at the national level.

Preceding the December 30 event, the women and youth wings of the party would hold their congresses at the Upper West regional capital, Wa.

A source at the NDC headquarters confirmed the withdrawals and disqualifications, saying the full list of candidates would be made available after the vetting.

It however, declined to mention the names of the “casualties”, but noted that some of them withdrew based on consultations with others aspirants.

With barely a fortnight left, the race for various positions have hot up with candidates trotting round the constituencies in the country to solicit for votes.

So far, four persons are contesting for the national chairmanship, 17 for six slots for national vice chairman, two for general secretary, three for national organiser, four for national treasurer and three for national propaganda secretary positions.

For the five positions for national executive members, 13 aspirants have filed nomination papers.

Three women are vying for the national women’s organiser post, while seven aspirants seek the youth organiser position.

Six aspirants are battling it out for two deputy general secretaries’ positions and another four filed for two slots for deputy national organisers.

For the position of deputy national treasurer, five people have filed, while 12 aspirants are vying for two slots for deputy propaganda secretaries.

The two deputy national women’s organisers position would be keenly contested by 11 aspirants, and the two deputy youth organisers positions have 10 youths contesting.

By Ian Motey 

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