NDC slates May 6 for presidential, parliamentary primaries

Unmindful of any hindrance, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has slated Saturday, May 6, this year for its presidential primary to elect a standard bearer for the 2024 general polls.

The party said its parliamentary primary would be held con-currently on the same day.

The proposed timetable released by the party on Thursday said the opening of nominations would be from Monday, February 22 to Wednesday, February 24, 2023.

It said vetting of the aspirants would be held from Monday, March 27, 2023 to Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

According to the release, after the vetting has been conducted, aspirants who have issues with the process would have the opportunity to appeal from between March 30, 2023 and April 6, 2023 after which the election would be held on May 6.

It said parliamentary forms would be sold at GH¢5,000 and filing fees at GH¢40,000.

Likewise, the presidential forms would go GH¢50,000 and filing fees peggedat GH¢500,000.

The statement further urged all regions to immediately take steps to resolve their outstanding issues during the branches and constituency elections to pave the way for the next programmes of the party.

“That all regions should prepare a two-day ‘thank you’ programmes for national executives to execute before the end of January. This should be followed by orientations for new executives at all levels of the party.”

The statement added that all appointees of the party at all levels would remain at post until ending of May 2023. “However, if executives at any level have a special case regarding any appointee, they can call for the matter to be resolved.”

It stated that ward coordinators’ elections are to take place from February 1-7,2023.

“It is only the ward coordinator who is to be elected but the ward secretary, organiser, and women and youth organisers are to be appointed by constituency executives on recommendations of the ward coordinators.

Although, no presidential candidate hopeful has formally declared to contest, they are indications that former president John Dramani Mahama, who was the presidential candidate of the party in the 2020 election would take another shot at the position and is leading in the race. 

A former Ministerof Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, who served under the late president John Evans Atta Mills and president Mahama from 2009 to 2013 is also lacing his boots.

A former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, KojoBonsu, is alsomost likely to contest.

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