NDC to constitute electoral c’ttees for presidential primary

Mr Otokunor

Mr Otokunor

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is to constitute electoral committees to supervise the presidential primary.

In furtherance of this, people who have publicly donated cash to pay for the filing fee for presidential candidate aspirants will not serve on such committees.

Peter Boamah Otukunor, a Deputy General Secretary of NDC, made this known when some members of Goosie Tanoh campaign team picked up nomination form on his behalf at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Saturday.

He assured that members who would be appointed to the election committee would be without “blemish” saying, “We are going to announce members of the electoral committee and I doubt if anybody who will make it to the committee will be somebody who has contributed money to support a particular candidate.

“However, the leadership of the party will act to address any concerns raised, it is up to presidential aspirants to be vigilant, when they raise concerns and draw attention to the national executives, we will act, we have not seen the list but their vigilance may realise issues that should be addressed, when you draw our attention we will act immediately to address the challenges,” Mr. Otukunor assured.

The NDC has announced election guidelines which among others set the cost of the presidential form at GH¢20,000 and the filing fee at GH¢400,000 which sparked outrage among some aspirants who petitioned the party’s Council of Elders alleging bias on the part of some members of the National Executive Council complaining that the filing fee did not resonate with the party’s values.

The petition saw the intervention of the Council of Elders forcing the party to slash the filing fee to GH¢300,000 and assurances of no bias on the part of the party and after the fees were originally announced, some officials of the party including past appointees as well as some Members of Parliament donated cash totaling GH¢420,000 to pay for the form and filing fee of former President John Mahama who is also seeking the mandate of delegates to be retained as the party’s 2020 flagbearer. -GNA

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